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The Grand Vin 2021 Château Valandraud checks in as 85% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, and it's still resting all in new barrels. Deep purple-hued, with a rocking bouquet of ripe black and blue fruits, chocolate, spicy oak, and spring flowers, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, velvety, ripe tannins, terrific mid-palate depth, and one heck of an impressive finish. Despite the new barrels, this wine leads with its fruit, has everything in the right places, and delivers notable freshness as well as a great finish. I'd put it up with any of the top wines out there. ~94-97 J. Dunnuck
A rich and hedonistic nose full of perfumed black fruits that are so beguiling. Smooth, supple, and generous on the palate in every way - tannins are present and mouth-filling but do well to give the blackcurrant and black cherry frame in the mouth. The fruit has quite a high tone to it, stopping short of being sharp but really vibrant with sparky edges from the acidity and licorice, clove, toasted wood, and cinnamon spice. It's characterful with lots going on - well presented with elegance and a cool freshness throughout. It's the detail that is just so excellent here. It's still got a lot of youthful excitement but this has beautiful intention, direction, and understated power. A bold and more hefty style for the vintage with clear confidence. Drinking Window 2026 - 2045. ~94 Decanter
Opening in the glass with inviting aromas of dark berries, baking chocolate, exotic spices, and vanilla pod, the 2021 Valandraud is a medium to full-bodied, ample, and fleshy wine that's seamless and layered, exhibiting impressive concentration, beautifully ripe tannins, and a long, succulent finish. Bursting with fruit, this is an especially elegant Valandraud, with below-average alcohol at 13.5%, but it doesn't lack for anything. Tasted four times, twice at the château. ~93-94 WA
The 2021 Valandraud is compelling. Bright acids give the 2021 terrific purity and cut The style of the year is perhaps a bit unusual for Valandraud, which tends to be an opulent wine, but there is a ton of potential. Aeration brings out the wine's natural texture and breadth. Wild dark cherry, mocha, spice, new leather, and licorice all build nicely. In most vintages, Valandraud offers tons of near-term appeal. The 2021, on the other hand, is a long-distance runner. ~93-95 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Full-bodied with a silky yet very firm and broad tannin structure. Lots of ripe, cool blue-fruit and stone character. Red tea, too. Textured. Well balanced and focused for the vintage. Lovely length. ~95-96 James Suckling
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