The 2018 Virginie de Valandraud emerges from a collection of unclassed parcels around Valandraud and on the plains below the core holdings. Powerful, dense and explosive, with an almost shocking level of richness, the Virginie is positively stellar in 2018. Blackberry jam, chocolate, licorice, new spice and leather all saturate the palate in a Saint-Émilion endowed with tremendous textural richness and resonance. The Virginie is superb in 2018. It should be a terrific relative value as well.
92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2019)
The inky colored 2018 Virginie De Valandraud is a rounded, full-bodied Saint-Émilion from Jean-Luc Thunevin that offers tons of richness and depth, notes of chocolate-laced fruits, smoked herbs, and tobacco, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s a pleasure-bent beauty to drink over the coming 15 years or more.
92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)
This is gorgeous with lots of dark berries, purple fruit and fresh mushrooms. Medium-to full-bodied with chewy tannins that are fine and polished. Lovely length.
92-93 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Virginie de Valandraud opens a little broody with notes of damp soil, truffles and chargrill, opening up to display stewed plums, blackberry tart and plum preserves plus nuances of espresso, Marmite toast, tapenade and wild sage. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid frame of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness lifting the rich, decadent fruit to a long finish.
91-93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)