If the 2019 vintage at this address was something of a guilty pleasure, the 2020 Valandraud is simply guilty as charged. Exhibiting aromas of jammy black fruits mingled with toasted coconut, spices and caricatural slatherings of new oak, it's full-bodied, rich and chewy, with generously extracted tannins that clamp down on the finish. All that oak and extract impedes access to the wine's generous fruit, rendering it less demonstrative and gourmand than its 2019 counterpart, and that's a pity, as recent vintages of Valandraud have been among the more successful of the few remaining hold-out "garagiste" wines of the Right Bank.
Kenmerken Chateau Valandraud 2020 (OWC 3)
|Winery Owner||Remi Delmasso|
|AoC||Saint-Emillion Grand Cru Classe|
|Quality||Grand Cru Classe|
|Drinking window||2025 2043|