Saint-Emilion Grand Cru


Frederic Leydet's vines for this wine are just near the border of Cheval Blanc, sharing a similar soil distinguished by its iron content. The iron in the soil is particularly good for growing Cabernet Franc, and it's the reason the Leydet works with a rather high percentage of it in comparison to others in the appellation. The final blend is 81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc for the 2016 vintage. Leydet always makes the wines without any racking, fining, or filtration, giving a super classic Bordeaux. The winery is certified organic. The 2016 is very floral with great purity in the fruit. Even though this has the structure to age, the wine is very open and drinking well in its youth.

91 points
"The 2016 Château Leydet-Valentin benefits from a couple of additional years of bottle age in comparison to the 2018 version, not to mention hailing from a truly top flight vintage! The wine is really starting to blossom beautifully at age five, offering up a deep, complex and gently exotic nose of plums, black cherries, eucalyptus, dark soil tones, cigar smoke, violets and a touch of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, elegant and full-bodied, with a fine core of fruit, very good soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, svelte and complex finish. This is really a fine bottle, but it remains youthful and deserves further time in the cellar to soften up those suave tannins and develop some secondary complexity. Most impressive! 2026-2055."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, July 2021

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