2016 Virginie de Valandraud, St-Emilion

SKU #1299466 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This second wine from first-growth Valandraud is solidly structured and offers swathes of ripe black-plum fruit. It is dense and full in the mouth, with the potential of a wonderfully velvety texture as it ages. Acidity keeps the wine crisp. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Always seen as a second wine, but actually coming from separate terroirs from the grand vin, the 2016 Virginie de Valandraud is a deep, full-bodied, opulent beauty that knocks it out of the park in 2016. It’s the equivalent of many a top wine and has huge notes of crème de cassis, black raspberries, spicy oak, and licorice. With ripe tannins, a great texture, and a sexy, pleasure-bent style that’s already impossible to resist, drink it over the coming 10-15 years. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

92-93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A linear and tight wine with blackberries, black cherries and minerals. Violets to boot. Medium-bodied, racy and clean. Second wine of Valandraud. Inner quote mark (4/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Virginie de Valandraud is a blend of 15% Cabernet Franc, 75% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and matured in 100% new oak. It has a polished sheen on the nose with succulent small dark cherries, cassis and hints of violet emerging with aeration. The palate is well balanced with crisp tannin, nicely focused and full of tension. There is an almost Médoc-like structure to this Saint Emilion with a long and impressive spicy finish. This Virginie excels in 2016, and it should age with style. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Virginie de Valandraud is a striking second wine. Vibrant acids give the flavors pop and aromatic lift, both of which play nicely off the plump fruit. Dark red cherry, plum, rose petal and sweet spices build into the fleshy, voluptuous finish. What a gorgeous wine this is! (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A ball of warm fig paste and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors forms the core, pushed by lively anise, bramble and black tea notes. Has a noticeable dose of singed mesquite on the finish, giving it a lightly firm twinge, costing it some refinement. But the fruit wins out anyway. (JM) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

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