Best answer for this question is "brand inflation." Of all the chocolate makers, Valrhona has done the best job of positioning itself as "the" premium brand for confectionery and pastry.
And you pay for that.
Is it the best?…"
"Exactly. Why is Manjari so expensive when it's not even a great example of Madagascan chocolate (at least not at that price level). I currently live in Dubai and Valrhona's prices are ridiculous. Felchlin's Maracaibo 65% is superb yet…"
I'm interested if Tom has not acquired it. How much would you be asking for the Dedy? And, where are you located? (I'm new to the forum - just joined today - so I don't know anyone's location yet). Thanks."