Grapefruit-zest, pear-skin, green-papaya, cardamom, chalk and hay aromas. Hints of vanilla and cream. It’s medium-to full-bodied with bright acidity and a phenolic, creamy yet tight texture. Concentrated and focused with great length. Wonderful structure and energy. Better from 2022.
96 points, James Suckling (Mar 2021)
Honeyed lemons, flinty minerality, white flowers, and dried pineapple notes all emerge from the 2018 Château Valandraud Blanc, which is medium to full-bodied and has a bright, racy acidity, good concentration, and a great finish. This is wine is underrated in the market, and I'd put it up with the best Bordeaux Blanc out there. It's enjoyable today yet will keep for 10-15 years in cold cellars.
95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2021)
The 2018 Valandraud Blanc is gorgeous, just as it was from barrel. In 2018 the Blanc deftly balances the richness of the year with the vibrant style Murielle Andraud favors these days. Pear, mint, dried apple, chamomile and a touch of new oak grace this exquisite, alluring white.
94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Mar 2021)
Distinctive, with a juicy mix of fennel, tangerine, white peach and acacia notes carried by a mouthwatering chalky spine. Lovely cut through the finish too. Sauvignon Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2026. 335 cases made.
94 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Mar 2021)