FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Feine Edelholznuancen, dunkle Waldbeeren, frische Kirschen, ein Hauch von Nugat und Orangenzesten, einladendes Bukett. Saftig, elegant, feine Kirschen und Pflaumen, zarte Extraktsüße, finessenreich strukturiert, seidig und balanciert, große Länge und Delikatesse, sehr überzeugend, sicheres Reifepotenzial."
JEB DUNNUCK: "Tasted on multiple occasions, the 2022 Château Valandraud is based on 88% Merlot and the balance an even split of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has incredible purity in its cassis and darker, almost blue fruits as well as notes of candied violets, licorice, and spicy oak. Full-bodied, rich, and concentrated, it has perfect tannins, a great mid-palate, and flawless balance. It reminds me of hypothetical blend of the 2010 and 2009, with perhaps plenty of similarities to the 2020 as well."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Inky dark in color, the wine explodes from the glass with its bouquet of wild flowers, violets, camphor, cinnamon, saffron, licorice and plum liqueur. The nose rocks, but the palate takes it to a new level. Opulent fruits drenched in velvet with intensity, purity, and electric vibrancy. The fruit caresses, and coats your palate with almost surreal levels of fruit, that magically remain light on its feet. The seamless finish lingers, builds, and expands for almost 60 seconds. It was 9am when I tasted this, and after making sure nobody was looking, I drained my glass with pleasure. This is a new level of quality for Valandraud, and that is saying something. Blending 88% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.5% ABV, 3.55 pH. Harvesting took place September 15 - October 5. Drink from 2027-2055."
JAMES SUCKLING: "This is very rich and flamboyant yet it remains bright and vivid with a lovely fine tannin structure running through the wine. Bright acidity with a pH of 3.55 gives this energy and focus. 88% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 6% cabernet sauvignon."
WEINWISSER: "88 % Merlot, 6 % Cabernet Franc, 6 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.5 Vol.-%, pH 3.55, 50 hl/ha. Komplexes schwarzbeeriges Bouquet, dominikanischer Tabak, frisch gemahlener schwarzer tasmanischer Bergpfeffer, Schokopastillen und Veilchenparfüm. Am vielschichtigen Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, kakaoartigem Tanningerüst, balancierter Rasse, edlem mineralischem Kern und gestähltem Körper. Im konzentrierten, nicht enden wollenden Finale ein Feuerwerk von Holundersaft, Schlehengelee, tiefschürfender Terroirwürze und erhabener Adstringenz. Der raubt einem förmlich den Atem, kann noch zulegen. 2030 – 2055."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: „The 2022 Valandraud is a blend of 88% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, aging for 18-24 months in 100% new oak. Deep purple-black in color, it spills from the glass with notes of baked black plums, boysenberry preserves, and fruitcake, leading to an undercurrent of cedar chest, Indian spices, and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, rich, and spicy, the palate has fantastic tension and a firm, fine-grained texture, finishing with great length. pH 3.55."
DECANTER: "Smells intensely perfumed and fragrant on the nose. Keeps much more of a linear, tense and focussed palate, with tangy fruit that has both sharp and crystalline aspects as well as toasted spice, liquorice and clove giving some savoury aspects. Nice detail and precision, you can feel each of the fine tannins and the fruit has clarity as well as concentration. Nicely intense, tannins are great and this has good persistence. Feels young of course and a bit compact but there's lots to like with layers of flavour and texture and a long finish."
VINUM: "Von mächtigem, vollem Bau, dichtes Tannin, herbe Frische, saftiges Finale, spürbarer, aber nicht störender Alkohol."