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D’Armailhac, Labegorce and Capbern
03 May 2017

The big news today is the release of Chateau d’Armailhac from the Mouton Rothschild stable. Under the stewardship of Philippe Dallhuin, the quality has been improving steadily. The 2016 potentially has the highest score ever from The Wine Advocate (92-94 points). At £390 per dozen, this will be one of the best value Cru Classes from Pauillac. ‘The 2016 D'Armailhac is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked between 27 September and 14 October. The bouquet is very impressive, typical d'Armaihlac in terms of the opulence and flamboyance with lush black cherry and boysenberry fruit, a subtle floral note developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp and tensile entry; there is immense purity here with some lovely blue fruit appearing on the finish. This is a d'Armailhac that is emboldened by unprecedented tannic structure that gives it real backbone and a sense of authority. Quite simply, this is one of the best wines of Château D'Armailhac that I have tasted, somehow not a million miles away from Grand Puy Lacoste in style. Drink 2021 - 2045. 92-94/100’. – Neal Martin, robertparker.com    Read More

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