Valandraud 2020 En Primeur: “up with the crème de la crème”

  • “Possesses tremendous richness in every dimension,” said Antonio Galloni.
  • The wine has been released internationally at £1,278 (12×75).
  • The 2015 currently offers good value for money.

The 2020 Château Valandraud has been released for €108 per bottle ex-négociant, up 20% on the 2019 release.

The wine is being offered by the international trade for £1,278 per 12×75, 13.1% more than the current Market Price of the 2019.

The 2020 vintage is priced slightly below the 2016, which boasts the same score. However, 2015 and 2019 might offer better value options. See more Fair Value analysis below.

Critical opinion

The 2020 Valandraud received 95-97 points from Neal Martin (Vinous), Antonio Galloni and Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW.

“This’ll have you smitten from the first sip: silky-smooth with immense depth and harmony,” Martin said. Galloni called it “impressive” and “stunning”. He declared that “this is shaping up to be one of the wines of the year”.

The wine received 97-99 points from Jeb Dunnuck, who commented that “winemaker Jean-Luc Thunevin has hit a home run in the vintage, and his 2020 Château Valandraud is unquestionably up with the crème de la crème out there”.

James Suckling gave it 97-98 and described it as “full-bodied, extremely long and exciting”.

Fair Value

In terms of price, the 2020 release is positioned below the 2018 and 2016 vintages but above some higher scored vintages such as the 2019 and 2015.

The 2015 looks particularly attractive with 98-points from Neal Martin (the highest Benchmark Critic score) despite being available for 7% less.

Older vintages like the 2012 also offer good value for money with 95-points from Martin but at a 27% discount to today’s release.

Other releases

Château Valandraud 2020 Bordeaux Blanc has also been released for €48 per bottle ex-négociant, up 11.6% on the 2019 release.

 

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