Valandraud 2019 has been released at €90 per bottle ex-negociant, down 30.2% on the 2018 (€129). The wine is being offered by the international trade at £1,130 per 12×75, down 26.1% in sterling terms on the 2018 opening price (£1,530).

You can watch the UGCB presentation of Valandraud 2019 here.

According to James Suckling, who scored today’s release 97-98 points, this is “extremely polished and refined red with structure”, “chewy, yet energetic and precise”. Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider) gave it 95-97, and commented: “Not as powerful or as concentrated as some recent vintages, instead you discover more, energy, refinement, elegance and purity in the lingering fruits”.

At this price level, the 2019 positions itself next to the 2017 and the 2015, and slightly above the 2008, 2012 and 2014. The 2015 looks particularly attractive at £1,100 per case and with 98 points from Neal Martin.

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