Armailhac 2011

Pauillac, Fifth Growth

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Tasting Notes

Chunky cherry and black currant fruit emerge from this medium-bodied, tasty, pure Pauillac. Although there is not a lot of depth, texture or length, what is there is pleasant. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.

Score: 87

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2014-2024 01 April 2014

Deep dark cherry. Sweet - but not overly sweet - cherry fruit. A little drier than La Tour du Pin and a little sweeter. A light vanilla note too. Powder fine. Not as long as La Tour but still elegant. Pretty gentle overall. (JH) 13.5%

Score: 90 - 92

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2012-2027 27 April 2012

The 2011 Chateau d’Armailhac is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Tasted on three occasions, it is has fine purity with black cherries and raspberry leaf, a less flamboyant d’Armailhac that usual at this early juncture. The palate is medium-bodied with a sappy, succulent entry that has fine tension. I appreciate the balance and substance of this d’Armailhac that shows impressive cohesion and a fine, chalky tannic frame towards the finish. This should turn out to be a respectable 2011. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 30 April 2012

Lovely expression of spicy, slightly exotic black fruits, beautiful lift of freshness and briary charm - a lovely wine for the medium term.

Score: 17

Decanter, Maturity: 2015-2025 16 April 2012

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Dark velvety crimson. Cedary cassis and oak spice. Marked freshness, lightish on the palate, delicate, elegant and finishes fresh and lively. Finesse on the tannin front. (JH)

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2017-2028 16 April 2012

Bright and racy, with pronounced acidity giving nice cut to the red currant, plum and cherry notes. A singed wood hint slides in on the finish, adding length and definition. Not massive, but pure and precise.

Score: 90 - 93

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 11 April 2012

The wine has a lovely softness to it with a chocolate, currant and blueberry character. Full body, with velvety tannins and juicy finish. Savory wine. 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Score: 91 - 92

James Suckling, 01 April 2012

Spicy dark fruits on the nose. A light structure with some exotic fruits

Score: 90 - 92

Albany Vintners, - 01 January 1900