The 2018 Virginie de Valandraud is superb. Silky, pliant and expressive, the 2018 is wonderfully caressing right out of the gate. Crushed red berry fruit, mocha, spice and new leather all meld together effortlessly. From bottle, the 2018 is more refined and delicate than it was from barrel, and every bit as compelling. The Virginie is made from a collection of unclassed parcels around Valandraud and on the plains below the core holdings.
94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Mar 2021)
Aromas of dark berries, dried violets, toasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate and coffee. It’s full-bodied with firm, powdery tannins. Muscular and intense, yet still tight. Try from 2026.
94 points, James Suckling (Mar 2021)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Virginie de Valandraud comes barreling out of the glass with powerful scents of stewed black plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry preserves, plus hints of cedar chest, menthol and hoisin. The big, rich, full-bodied palate (15% declared alcohol) is still sporting a fair bit of oak, delivering a firm, grainy texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. Give it another 3-4 years in bottle for the oak to integrate and the generous fruit to fully emerge, then drink it over the next 15+ years.
93+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)
Loads of cassis, chalky minerality, flowers, and lead pencil notes emerge from the 2018 Château Valandraud Virginie De Valandraud, which is full-bodied and has a layered, seamless texture, silky tannins, and a great finish. Showing more tobacco and even a hint of white truffle with time in the glass, this beautiful, elegant Saint-Emilion brings plenty of fruit and texture. It's going to keep for 10-15 years.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2021)