Based on 50% Sémillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc, and 10% Sauvignon Gris, the 2018 Château Valandraud Virginie De Valandraud Blanc is another fresh, racy, yet concentrated white from this estate. Honeyed lemon, melon ball, sappy herbs, and floral notes all emerge from the glass, and it's nicely textured, medium-bodied, and beautifully balanced. I don't think it's going to live as long as the Valandraud Blanc, but it should keep nicely for 4-6 years, if you're so inclined.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2021)
Dried lemon zest, pineapple, mimosa, almond, dried herb and a hint of honey. It’s medium-bodied with crisp acidity and waxy texture. Almond and waxed-lemon notes follow through to a long finish. Some flint at the end. Drink or hold.
93 points, James Suckling (Mar 2021)
The 2018 Virginie de Valandraud Blanc is laced with the essence of citrus peel, crushed rocks, white pepper and mint. The Virginie is done in a style that emphasizes tension and energy more than textural richness. Readers will find that style in the Grand Vin.
92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Mar 2021)
Bright and lively, with straw, peach, yellow apple and lemon peel flavors racing along together, backed by a long quinine note on the finish. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris. Drink now through 2024. 1,083 cases made.
92 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (2021)
The 2018 Virginie de Valandraud Blanc opens with invigorating notes of freshly squeezed lemons, grapefruit and Granny Smith apples plus hints of struck flint and wet slate. The medium-bodied palate delivers a crisp line of freshness cutting through the clean citrus flavors, finishing on a chalky note.
91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)