2017 Château d'Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac

There's great quality to the fruit, fine tannins and excellent balance. Lots of energy on the palate with good purity on the finish. A fine Armailhac.

Critic score
91.75/100
Pricing
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£244.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2017 Château d'Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

The 2017 d’Armailhac has an opulent bouquet despite this comprising one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon ever, which Philippe Dhalluin attributes to the maturity of the berries. There is some lovely cassis and blueberry fruit here with a smear of vanilla. The palate is structured with fine tannin, here the Cabernets are much more expressive with a fine bead of acidity, an attractive pencil lead tincture coming through towards the finish. This is a more floral d’Armailhac that will drink well for the next decades. [Readers should note that my sample included 60% new oak although the final blend will be 40%.] Tasted three times with consistent notes.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2018)
(90—92)/100

Opulent and powerful for d’Armailhac with blackcurrants, blackberries and black olives. Full-bodied, tannic and extremely muscular. Very well done indeed.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2018)
(93—94)/100

A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2017 D'Armailhac is deep garnet-purple in color and very open on the nose with expressive notes of crushed black cherries, black raspberries and cassis with hints of baking spices, lavender and wood smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with a great core of vibrant red and black fruits, ripe, grainy tannins and superb freshness, finishing long and minerally.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2018)
(90—92)/100

The dry conditions in the summer hurt the Merlots in many areas, and consequently many wines have a higher level of Cabernet. Here, they have used the highest percentage in Armailhac since 2002. There's great energy to the pretty dark fruit; it's not fleshy but it has a lovely sense of direction with concentration and beautiful extraction. Fine tannins lend good grip through the palate.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2018)
91/100

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