Château Leydet-Valentin Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2019
WineSpark Price €27.30
This is a modern, fruit-forward, and incredibly delicious style of Saint-Émilion Grand Cru.
The vineyard is located north of the village of Saint-Émilion, near Pomerol. It’s right beside Château Figeac, one of Bordeaux’s most iconic (and expensive) wines.
Frédéric uses a higher proportion of Cabernet Franc (19%) than most Saint-Émilion wines. This results in a fresher, brighter style of Bordeaux. Medium and light-toasted barrels further enhance this style.
My friend in France, who runs a wine club in Toulouse, has been a big fan of Frédéric and his wine for years. So when I met her at Wine Paris and told her I was looking for a good Bordeaux for my customers, she reached straight for this bottle.
And it’s everything you look for in a good Saint-Émilion. The nose is intense and dark, with lovely refined oak. On the palate, it’s broad, smooth and elegant, with good structure and length.
It’s just begging for something roasted and beefy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
|Grape(s)||81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc|
|Region of origin||Bordeaux|
|Appellation||AOP Saint Emilion Grand Cru|
|Months in Oak||13 months|
|Type of Oak||French Oak|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||40 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||18|
|Soil type(s)||Clay and limestone, sand over iron oxide subsoil.|
|Is this wine organic?||Yes|
|Suitable for vegans?||No|
|Ageing potential||12 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2022-2031|
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Excellent Bordeaux, very smooth, good taste in the mouth, it may lack a bit of longevity in the after taste, but that's a small quible