Chateau Leydet-Valentin Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2018 - Bordeaux, France
This is great……and here’s why!92/100 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
90/100 Wine Enthusiast
90/100 Decanter World Wine Awards
88/100 Wine Spectator
Gold - Challenge International du Vin
Gold - Concours des Feminalise
Decanter, World Wine Awards “Smoky nose of ripe black plum, liquorice and spice. Ultra ripe cherry, redcurrant and new oak on the palate.”
Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast "Ripe black fruits and dark-chocolate flavors highlight this powerful wine. There's a bit of pepperiness from the alcohol, while freshness comes from the black-currant acidity."
Jeb Dunnuck "Rich, slightly chunky bouquet of cassis, toasted bread, and spice that comes together nicely with time in the glass. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with lots of fruit, moderate tannins and a good finish, it’s a textured, balanced Saint-Emilion"
Jeff Leve, Wine Cellar Insider “a floral, fresh, spicy, roasted cherry filled wine with a plush, silky, dark plum finish.”
Wine Spectator "Warmed plum and cherry preserve flavors glide through easily, laced with hints of cocoa, tobacco and singed cedar. Merlot and Cabernet Franc."
The Winemaker "Slender with plenty of fruits and with touches of species, this wine is charming and deep, distinguished sensation in palate as the alcohol and body are balanced by the freshness of the tannins"
Château Leydet-Valentin and Château de Valois are owned by well respected Frédéric Leydet. With the wineries less than 3 miles from each other, these family owned estates are located in the top growing areas of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, near Cheval Blanc, Figeac, and Angelus. In 2012, Leydet began the conversion to certified organic viticulture, receiving the certification for the 2015 vintages and later vintages.
Saint-Émilion Grand Cru wines are produced under slightly tighter production restrictions than regular Saint-Émilion wines. As with other grand cru appellations, the intention behind this is to improve the quality, and to distinguish the area's finer wines from the more everyday wines.
Saint-Émilion is a key wine region in the Libournais district of Bordeaux, important in terms of both quality and quantity. Vineyards have been situated in the region since Roman times, and today the Saint-Émilion wine appellation is one of the most prolific in the Bordeaux region, producing more than 250,000hl of wine each vintage. It is also responsible for some of the most prestigious, long-lived and expensive wines in the world – Châteaux Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Figeac and Pavie. Only red wine qualifies for the Saint-Émilion appellation; although a small amount of white wine is made within the appellation, but it must be labelled as Bordeaux Blanc.
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. Its three trump cards are diversity, quality and quantity. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 percent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation. The finest (and most expensive) of these come from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.