Extremely polished and refined red with structure. It’s full-bodied, yet ever so refined and balanced. The tannins are very fine-grained. Chewy, yet energetic and precise. Tight and integrated at the end.
James Suckling, june 2020
Right from the first nose you get deep, richly textured plum fruit, with nuances of chocolate shavings and baked earth. Pencil lead through the mid palate combines the restrained tug of limestone with the confidence of a wine that knows how to make an impression. This is great stuff, really well controlled, carefully but still exuberantly extracted, and one that you would be extremely happy to own. This is the last year in the old winery, with the fancy new one built into the St Emilion hillside, opening as of 2020.
Decanter, mai 2020
Couleur sombre, intense, pourpre et belle. Nez très aromatique, avec un fond de fruits noirs et d'épices. Moelleux à l'attaque, dense au développement, plutôt parfumé, le vin se développe à la fois plein et juteux, sur des saveurs truffées et une tannicité parfaitement enrobée. Bonne longueur sèveuse.
Quarin, mai 2020
Deep purple-black colored, the 2019 Valandraud sings of freshly crushed black plums, warm blackberries and black cherry coulis with nuances of lavender, cinnamon stick, clove oil and aniseed with a fragrant waft of candied violets. Full-bodied, the palate is both densely laden with concentrated black fruits and wonderfully refreshing, with a firm backbone of velvety tannins, finishing with lingering exotic spice sparks.
Robert Parker, june 2020