The 2020 Valandraud Blanc offers terrific density but also quite a bit of raw, unbridled power. Lemon confit, almond, dried flowers, mint and crushed rocks open in the glass with great reluctance. The Blanc is intriguing, but it needs time.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2035
James Suckling 94-95
A dense, layered white with dried apple, pineapple and some nougat and praline on the nose and palate. It s full-bodied with tangy acidity and hints of toasted oak and bitter lemon. Lovely texture.
Robert Parker 93-95
The 2020 Valandraud Blanc opens with the most gorgeous perfume of orange blossoms, honeycomb and allspice, leading to a core of pink grapefruit, lemon tart and lime cordial, with a waft of aniseed. The medium to full-bodied palate bursts with layer upon layer of tropical and citrus fruits, supported by a crisp backbone and satiny texture, finishing with epic length and perfume. Stunning.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2035