1996 Virginie de Valandraud
Jean-Luc Thunevin debuted with the 1991 vintage. My kind of guy, he used 200% new oak for the Grand Vin in the 90´s. How much oak that was used for this, the second wine, I don´t know.
The nose offers up a deep, semi mature nose with notes of plums, pipe tobacco, charcoal and dark flowers. Very, very good. Some low keyed expensive oak notes in the background.
The taste is a tad monolithic but the fruit is dense and sweet with notes of plums, bonfire smoke, ink and tobacco. Long with a fine warmth and a silky dryness in the finish. Sadly my only bottle, this could go on for another 8+ years.
90p (tasted 2002/04)