JAMES SUCKLING: "Racy and fine with very fine tannins and bright, fresh acidity. Medium-bodied, harmonious and energetic. 80% merlot, the rest cabernet franc with a touch of cabernet sauvignon."
JEB DUNNUCK: "The 2022 Château Valandraud Virginie De Valandraud is gorgeous and certainly merits considerable attention, even though the Grand Vin will get all the buzz. A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in new barrels, it has a vivid purple hue as well as a pure, layered, medium to full-bodied style that's already hard to resist. Cassis, violets, flowers, and graphite define the aromatics, and it has the vintage's riper, structured profile while staying balanced, lively, and pure."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Flowers, black cherries, licorice, plums, cherries, and blackberries open the nose. The palate is even better with its elegant nature, layers of sweet, black and red pit fruits, energy, and vibrant endnotes with its sweetness in the fruits and gentle, refreshing note of mint on the backend. The wine blends 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.14.5% ABV, 3.7 pH. Drink from 2025-2042."
WEINWISSER: "Verwobenes schwarzbeeriges Bouquet, Szechuanpfeffer, Schokopastillen und dominikanischer Tabak. Am kompakten durchtrainierten Gaumen mit weicher Textur, körniger Extraktfülle und stützender Rasse. Im gebündelt langanhaltenden Finale Holundersaft, Schlehengelee und dunkle Mineralik. 2028 – 2042."