D’Armailhac, Labegorce and Capbern

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

Also released today are Chateau Capbern and Chateau Lagegorce. Capbern is always one of our top value picks. It has its own very impressive vineyard and winery and benefits from the same winemaking team as Calon Segur. The 2016 is very much a mini Calon with a profound core of dark Cabernet fruit – we were very impressed. Lastly, we can offer Chateau Labegorce. We didn’t taste this Margaux, but it receives a whopping 94-96 points from Neal Martin.

‘The 2016 Labegorce is a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot picked between 4-21 October and matured in 45% new oak. What I like about the bouquet is that it is quintessential Margaux--it could not come from anywhere else. Crushed violets infuse black cherries, blueberry and iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well-judged acidity, an elegant and very charming Margaux with pencil lead and a touch of spice on the long finish. What a brilliant wine from a Margaux estate that has really upped its game. 94-96/100’. – Neal Martin, robertparker.com

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