93–95. Barrel Sample. 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.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.