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Château Valandraud
Château Valandraud started life in 1991, as one of the original "garage" wines, which sparked a trend for thoroughly modern Bordeaux wine styles made in such tiny quantities that they could be - and sometimes were - made in a garage. The man behind the wine, Jean-Luc Thunevin, was called the "Bad Boy" of Saint-Émilion by Robert Parker for defying centuries of tradition and making a highly stylised wine: bold and rich with lavish new oak (at one point it was aged in 200% new oak). Prices were as outrageous as the first wines, exceeding the First Growths on a number of occasions

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Jean-Luc Thunevin

Château Valandraud

by Jean-Luc Thunevin
With his wife Murielle Andraud, who is the brain in the vineyard and gives her surname to the wine, the pair made a huge impact on the Saint-Émilion scene. Although traditionalists have long resisted the idea that such a relatively young estate could so rapidly curry high favor with the upper echelons of wine critiquing, Jean-Luc is now part of the established order, achieving Premier Grand Cru Classé status in 2012 in the appellation's official classification