We also have our cellar manager, Rémi Dalmasso, and his « garden wine » (800 bottles produced in 2009) : Clos Romanile
Neal Martin's Wine Journal Score 90-92
Tasted at Ets. Thunevin. Ripe, rounded and unashamedly opulent on the nose with macerated black cherries, blueberry and a touch of iodine. It has better definition that I expected. The palate has thick chewy tannins, somehow reminding me more of a Priorat than a Saint Emilion! But there is a sense of balance and precision here, and though not my style of wine, there is an exuberance and joyfulness within this Saint Emilion. Tasted March 2010.NM
Revue du Vin de France "Success"
It’sRémi Dalmasso’s wine, cellar manager for Valandraud. The nose is marked by wood. The palate is full, but with more extracted tannins in the finish.. PM
Dégustateurs.com : Excellent 94-96
Watch-out, this is a masterpiece! This is "the" wine for you to understand and discover what a talented winemaker can successfully make with passion when he decides to create its own "small domain". Remi Dalmasso works as enologist for Valandraud and with the help of his wife Sonia they produced an elite mini-cru since 2006. Few comparable wines have this silky texture and generous aromas. “Garden wine”, the 2009 Clos Romanil is a grand bottle that equals in strength and density the finest wines of the commune, while maintaining a stunning feminine character. I was excited by its depth, elegance and length in this vintage, which should drive it towards the stars. Very classy!
Thank you Chateau Pontet Canet and Gracia for having awakened our sleepy customers, while waiting for the most famous wines of Bordeaux to be released in this campaign which will probably be the latest one in modern years.