2017 Valandraud, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1357166 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Bold tannins and rich fruit combine to give this wine a dense structure, yet with a great sense of freshness. Black currants and a firm tannic backdrop promise excellent aging potential. It's impressively structured and should be held until 2025. (RV)  (4/2018)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Unquestionably up with the crème de la crème of the vintage, the 2017 Valandraud boasts a ripe, fabulously sexy bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, violets, and loamy earth. About as pleasurable, rounded, and expansive as it gets in the vintage, this full-bodied Saint-Emilion has a stacked mid-palate, sweet tannin, and a great finish. I was able to taste this cuvée on two separate occasions and absolutely loved it both times.  (4/2018)

93-96 points Vinous

 A majestic, sumptuous wine, the 2017 Valandraud has so much to offer. The interplay of the rich red and raspberry fruit along with elements of underlying tension give the 2017 explosive energy to balance its natural sumptuousness. Hints of rose petal, mint and licorice develop in the glass, but it is the wine' vibrancy that is most compelling today. The 2017 Valandraud is exceptionally beautiful. I won't be surprised if it turns out even better than this note suggests. Sadly, production is down to around 25,000 bottles from the more typical 40,000 or so. (AG)  (5/2018)

93-96 points Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry compote flavors flow out from the core, enveloping the apple wood, anise and black tea frame as they move. Offers a gorgeous feel, ample depth, lovely polish and fine underlying acidity throughout. A terrific effort. (JM, Web Only-2018)

94-95 points James Suckling

 Lots of beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruits here. Medium to full body, round and very polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Wet-earth undertones. Velvety mouthfeel at the end.  (4/2018)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Valandraud gives up crushed blackcurrants, chocolate-covered cherries and espresso on the nose with hints of licorice, tar and smoked meats. The palate is medium-bodied with a solid frame of ripe, sweet tannins and just enough freshness to contain the bombastic fruit, finishing long and berry-laced. (LPB)  (4/2018)

93 points Decanter

 They have done a very good job of finessing this wine while still remaining true to their new philosophy of turning the volume down from 11. A highly enjoyable wine with genuine juiciness through the mid-palate, with the most beautifully fleshy texture of raspberry and blackberry. A touch of sweetness at the close of play makes this extremely appetising, and this is without doubt an excellent Valandraud. Drinking Window 2025-2038. (JA)  (4/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark, black core. Sweet and perfumed, rich in black fruit and a hint of violets supported by oak's sweet spice. Full in the mouth, compact tannins but lots of fruit at the core. Dense and generous at the same time. Needs plenty of time. 17+/20 points. (JH)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

92-94 points Neal Martin: "The 2017 Valandraud was 30% impacted by the frost on the lower reaches of vines, which were either deselected into the troisième vin or sold off. The wine was picked from 10 October and then sporadically over the next week, relatively late. It is matured in 100% new oak as usual. It has a very intense, voluptuous bouquet with layers of crème de cassis, boysenberry and blueberry fruit, a little glossier than I was anticipating, what you might call a “ravishing” nose. The palate is full-bodied with saturated tannin, rounded in texture with layers of black cherry, blueberry and cassis fruit. This is a bold Valandraud that shrugs off the effects of the frost and goes full-throttle towards the finish whilst maintaining sufficient freshness and tension that it never palls in the mouth." (Vinous, 5/2018)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2018 | Send Email
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Very good wine here for quite a bit less than the 2016. Fairly exotic on the nose with Asian spice and toasty oak. Sexy and sweet on the palate. Great cellar candidate.
Drink from 2020 to 2030

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2018 | Send Email
One of the top releases from St Emilion in 2017, Valandraud has converted many fans with their recent releases. They've been able to rein in their modern style and produce a few beautiful/balanced wines in that time, and 2017 is no exception. Leading the way with gorgeous aromatics, the wine is superbly textured with deep black fruit, a hind of new oak, and resounding acid. Big but not overdone, it has a fullness that is a great accomplishment in the vintage, and it is a very promising young wine. Drink on release and follow for the next 15-20 years.

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Saint Emilion