2018 Château d'Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac

2018 Château d'Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac

Juicy, lovely texture and energy, fine texture and good juicy fruit. There’s a touch of savouriness and the tannins are finely judged. This needs time to put a bit of flesh on the bones, but it time it will be very good.

Critic score
92.75/100 info
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Bottle
From a client
4 available
£38.68

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    55% Cabernet Sauvignon
    30% Merlot
    10% Cabernet Franc
    5% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2040info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)

Tasting notes

The 2018 D'Armailhac (14.5% alcohol) is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, harvested September 12 to October 3. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals a very fruity nose of crushed blackberries, warm black cherries and mulberries plus hints of potpourri, spice cake and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, the decadent palate delivers loads of black berry layers and a firm, grainy frame with underlying freshness and an earthy finish. Wonderfully opulent D’Armailhac!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(91—93)/100

This is clearly one of the most concentrated d’Armailhacs that has been produced in recent decades owing to the extremely small and concentrated berries, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested at the end of the growing season. It’s also one of the best, with clear personality and power, and although still the least complex of the three Pauillacs in the Mouton stable, it should offer the best value giving a ton of rich fruit and cigar box frisson. 5% Petit Verdot makes up the blend. 3.7pH. Tasted several times – always with the same impression.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(94)/100

A soft and generous red with plum, tobacco and currant character and a delicious, full body and brightness. Juicy. Attractive, earthy aftertaste. Layered and dense.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(93—94)/100

The 2018 d'Armailhac is lifted, floral and nicely focused, although a touch closed today. Bright red cherry and floral notes add nuance throughout. Medium in body and fresh, the 2018 has quite a bit of aromatic depth from the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, which helps hide the 14.5% alcohol nicely. Yields were just 32 hectoliters per hectare as opposed to 42-46, which is the norm. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(90—92)/100

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