2015 Château d'Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac

A classically styled Pauillac from the Mouton-Rothschild stable, with a sensuous texture and complexity of flavours on the palate, and peppery spice and a floral element. The tannic structure is very fine, with acidity and juicy fruit ensuring balance. This is serious yet well-defined.

Critic score
91.5/100
Pricing
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£304.08
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£304.08
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£304.08
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£304.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    60% Cabernet Sauvignon
    29% Merlot
    9% Cabernet Franc
    2% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2030
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2015 Château d'Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

The 2015 d’Armailhac is especially strong this year. Racy and sumptuous to the core, the 2015 offers lovely depth and radiance throughout. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange and spices are all pushed forward, while the creamy, generous textures are hugely inviting. The plush, racy personality of the vintage comes through loud and clear. The d’Armailhac is the hidden gem in the Mouton-Rothschild portfolio this year. This is superb effort from the Mouton team headed by Philippe Dhalluin. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)
90—93/100

The 2015 Château d'Armailhac is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, marking a slightly higher percentage of Merlot this year. Picking began on September 16 and finished October 5 - one of the longest harvest periods for this estate, according to Philippe Dhalluin. It has a very intense bouquet with layers of small dark cherries and cassis, the oak prominent, though the final blend will contain proportionally less. The palate is very concentrated and quite showy, as d'Armailhac has a proclivity of being at this early juncture. The acidity here is nicely judged with just a touch of graphite coming through on the finish. This is a satisfactory d'Armailhac, but there was a nagging feeling that this is one wine from the Mouton Rothschild stable that left me wanting more. Perhaps that will develop during its barrel maturation?

Neal Martin, robertparker.com (April 2016)
88—91/100

A refined and pretty red with plum, blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors. Full to medium body, fine tannins. Exuberant.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
92—93/100

Particularly bright crimson. Savoury, lively nose. Drier and lighter than most but racy and satisfying in the new style. Good freshness and breadth. Really very polished.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)
17.5/20
Decanter (April 2016)
92/100

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