Lindy's Rating: 9.5 (previously ****)
Richard's Rating: 9.0 (previously ***)
Note: updated 28 October 2010, so Lindy could taste and add her perspective. Also added PANTONE color.
This Valrhona Gran Couva was my golden ticket bar. I picked it out as my favorite among a tasting of about half a dozen Valrhona chocolate bars. The rich nutty chocolate flavor is wonderful. It's too bad that it doesn't last forever, and that the finish isn't as pleasant as the taste.
The melt of this bar is creamy, definitely beyond smooth, but not quite as creamy as the Amedei or Coppeneur Chuao chocolates. Lindy tasted multiple sweet flavors, including toffee and caramel.
Note that this review may be slightly distorted, as I opened the bar three days ago and tasted for the review from the half remaining this morning.
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UPDATE: As of 17 April 2013, the best price I found for purchase online in the U.S. was $6.99 from Caputo's. We also have a more thorough and recent review of Valrhona Gran Couva.