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Château Valade




St Emilion

Grape Blend:

Merlot | Cab. Franc

Chateau Valade, St Emilion, 2018

12x75cl £140.00

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Tasting Note:

Cedric and Paul Valade's property in St Emilion comprises three different parcels from around the village of St Christophe des Bardes, not far from Barde Haut. From 2016 it also incorporated a new parcel of very old vines planted in the '40s. The clay here is deep, cool and water retentive, so ideally placed to cope with the drought and heat of July and August. Produced from 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this is an impressive dark fruited offering with notes of crème de mûre, tapenade, graphite, spice, cocoa nib and sweet earth. This is dark and brooding, a serious Valade with lots of concentration, dark sultry fruit, a big structure and a bright sweet fruited finish. We unanimously agreed that this is the best barrel sample we have tasted at this Chateau. This wine really benefits from élevage and bottle aging, so this should be a treat from 2025.

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