2020 Château d'Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac

The 2020 d'Armailhac is a lovely Pauillac: one of the best barrel samples we've tasted from this well-located estate. Pure Cabernet fruit on the nose, with a beautiful gravelly texture, and a very long, savoury, well-balanced finish. Very well judged: a top pick.

Critic score
93.25/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£42.28
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£253.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    59% Cabernet Sauvignon
    30% Merlot
    8% Cabernet Franc
    3% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    No Drink Dates Available
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château d'Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

A fresh, layered red with blackberry and chocolate. It’s full and beautiful. Cool finish. Soft tannins spread across the finish. Savory.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
93—94/100

A little austere on the opening beats. Carving out its place more clearly alongside its two Pauillac siblings, this has some excellent sappy dark fruits, plenty of tannins and power but also elegance and confidence. This Armailac is gorgeous, lovely mid palate dept, and plenty of juicy blueberry and bilberry fruit, with lift through the finish, 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 50% new oak. Harvest September 7 to 29. The new cellar with be finished for the 2021 harvest, but this one was made in the temporary cellar. I really like this, it has a floral edge, a juice and freshness and sense of elegance; a good two minutes after you have stopped tasting a wave of subtle smoke comes in - the after wash of a fine gravel terroir. 50% new oak, harvest from September 7 to 29 across the three estates.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
93/100

The 2020 d’Armailhac, raised in 50% new oak with a planned 17-month barrel maturation, is a little deeper in color compared to the Clerc Milon. I find more complexity on the nose of blackberry, briar, cedar and pencil box aromas, less extravagant than previous vintages and more terroir-driven, perhaps. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins that have a little more edge than the Clerc Milon, plus there is slightly more mineralité and depth. In particular, the finish is very harmonious and fans out wonderfully. This Château d’Armailhac is a splendid wine in the making, and one of the best examples from the estate that I have tasted out of barrel.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(92—94)/100

Aromatic finesse with perfumed, floral notes. Mid palate is juicy and fresh, backed by firm, grainy tannins. Confirmed structure but slightly chewy finish.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
16.5/20