|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
Lively and bright attack is attractive. Weight and ripeness builds with some good purple fruit and touch of cherry skin and some dark corners. Still quite compact. Laced with lovely minerality a graphite vein running through the clean, crunchy fruit. Impressive bracing style - but lots there. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2015)
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Amazingly well-polished tannins and a savoury soup with lots of vitality on the palate. Really nice wine even if in a different idiom to traditional, rather stodgier Pauillac. Lots of interest here. Long and opulent without being sweet. Clean long finish. Drinking range: 2024 - 2042 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
The Château d’Armailhac 2014 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot (slightly more Merlot than usual.) It will be matured in around one-third new oak. The opulence and richness is immediately apparent on the nose with hints of black olive infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin, quite dense black fruit with a spicy attack towards the saline finish. It feels a little abrasive at the moment but the rough edges should be rounded by the time. Drinking range: 2018 - 2035 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2015)
The aromatics of Cabernet Franc, Merlot's richness and Cabernet Sauvignon's firmness blend seamlessly into a beautifully made, polished wine. (Highly Recommended Pauillac, Decanter.) Drinking range: 2019 - 2028 Rating: 90+ Steven Spurrier (Apr 2015)
Château d’Armailhac, which has had more names than it has needed over the years (having been Château d’Armailhacq, Château Mouton-d’Armailhacq, Château Mouton-Baron-Philippe, Château Mouton-Baronne-Philippe finally, Château d’Armailhac), was originally part of a larger Pauillac estate owned by the Marquis de Ségur. This was sold off in three lots, which became Château’s Pontet-Canet, d’Armailhac and Mouton-Rothschild. It came into common ownership with its famous neighbour to the north in 1933 when Baron Philippe de Rothschild bought the estate. There are 50ha under vine, which are planted to just under 60% Cabernet Sauvignon with roughly 20% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and a tiny amount of Petit Verdot. The wines spend around 16 months in barrique, about 30% new oak with rest being old barrels from Château Mouton Rothschild. The wines are, generally, softer than other wines from Pauillac or other wines in the Rothschild portfolio, but amongst the best value. The relatively high proportions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc make d’Armailhac a good bet in lesser vintages too.
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