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Château d'Armailhac

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2018 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 93

Richly textured, this is the darkest d'Armailhac I have ever seen and the fruits are equally dark. The blackberries display a floral charm along with a touch of smoke black currant. On the palate, the wine is medium-full bodied, with good concentration of its dark, crème de cassis, a touch of cocoa and tobacco. The tannins are soft add the perfect backdrop to all the round juicy, deep fruits. The wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from September 12 to September 3. 92-94 Pts

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2017 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 92

The opening act is black fruit, juicy plums, smoke and just a tip of licorice in the background. Intermission finds soft, fresh, sweet blackberries while a salty minerality lingers in the wings. The wine is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from September 6 to September 29.

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2016 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 93

Juicy, earthy and with a touch of fine dust to the tannins, the wine has lift, the fruit is ripe, sweet and soft. Medium bodied, refined and energetic, give this 7-8 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the next 2 decades of life.

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Black cherries are all over the place. The fruit is fresh, juicy and long with cocoa and spicy plum scents. The wine has lift, the fruit is sweet and soft, This is the best wine ever made at the property.

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Medium/full bodied, soft, polished, sweet, dark red fruits, with freshness, ripe tannins and a tobacco, cedary edge to the nose.

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Black cherry, cocoa, flowers and spicy plum aromas create the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh, sweet and silky. The tannins are soft and the fruit feels good as it sticks on your palate. Medium/full bodied, long and harmonious, this is easily the best wine ever made at the property. Produced by blending 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 0.8% Cabernet Franc and 0.2% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 13.4% alcohol. The harvest took place September 27 to October 14.

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2015 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 92

Soft, silky, forward and medium bodied, there is verve, sweet fruit and lift. The wine remains focused on earthy nuances, dark red fruits, cassis, spice and licorice. You can age this for 7-10 years before popping a cork.

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Soft, smooth and on the way to silky, the wine is medium bodied, forward, and already open to sharing its earthy, ripe, dark red fruits, cassis, spice and tobacco character. The finish combines freshness with round, soft tannins and juicy, dark red fruits.

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Scoring at the top my range, or even higher will be easy for this wine. It is ripe, juicy, concentrated and fresh, finishing with an earthy blast of tobacco tinged, cassis and blackberry.

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Spicy cassis, flowers and gentle notes of coffee and thyme create layers of elegance, freshness, polish and texture. With hints of milk chocolate and sweet blackberries in the finish, this wine is quite nice for the vintage and surprises the palate with more velvet to the tannins than expected. Produced by blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 13.25% alcohol. 89-91 Pts

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2014 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 90

Solid wine this year, with a spicy, dark, red berry nose, complicated by tobacco and earthy aromatics. Medium/full bodied with freshness, finesse and refined, ripe, sweet fruits in the finish.

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This deep, ruby colored wine offers black raspberries and licorice in the nose. The fruit is sweet and spicy with a lush, black cherry finish. Blending 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.8 alcohol. 89-91 Pts

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2013 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 87

With a sharp, cassis, cranberry and tobacco infused character, the wine is medium bodied, and finishes with light, bright, red fruits.

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With a licorice, floral and dark cherry nose, this delicate, medium-bodied Pauillac ends with dusty tannins and a forward cassis and cherry finish. From 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine is aging in 35% new oak. 88-90 Pts

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2012 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 90

Forward, soft and expressive, the medium-bodied wine is all about the fresh, clean, peppery, red fruits and spicy nuances. Not a long distance runner, drink this over the next 10-12 years for maximum enjoyment.

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Soft, round, forward, medium bodied with a fresh cassis and tobacco filled personality. The bottle was decanted about one hour in advance of the tasting.

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Soft, round, forward, medium bodied with a fresh cassis filled personality.

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From a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol. Tobacco, stone, pepper and black cherry notes open to a soft, forward, medium-bodied Pauillac that ends with fresh black plums. 89-91 Pts

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2011 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 90

Very floral, with black cherry, cocoa, blackberry and earthy scents rounding out the perfume. The soft, easy to like and drink style is very good for the vintage.

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From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine opens with espresso and blackberry scents. Medium-bodied, fresh, charming and easy to like, the wine ends with fresh cassis. 89-91 Pts

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2010 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 92

This is getting close to its prime-time window, that I suspect will hit in the next few years, the wine is juicy, fresh, sweet, and loaded with bright, red fruits, tobacco and spicy characteristics with soft textured, ripe tannins.

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This just keeps getting better and better. The purity of the fruit, freshness, balance and elegance is starting to wake up. Give it a few more years.

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Another nice showing for this well-priced Pauillac. Lots of fresh dark berries, cassis, cedar and tobacco, soft textures and a fresh, crisp, refined finish. Some time in the cellar will be god for this wine.

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Smoke, blackberry, tobacco leaf and spicy cassis notes pop with little effort. Tannic, refined and concentrated, the wine is structured to age, ending with fresh, pure, crunchy cassis.

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Jammy dark berries, plum, coffee and mushroom scents open this sweet, fresh, plummy, full bodied wine. The finish ends with sweet, roasted blackberries. 91-93 Pts

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From a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine opens with cedar, 5 spice, gravel and cassis scents. Filled with chocolate covered blackberries and sweet cassis, this wine offers depth and purity of flavor. This is the second strong vintage in a row for this Pauillac. 92-94 Pts

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2009 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 92

Medium-bodied, soft, elegant and polished, the dark red fruits and tobacco leaf pop with ease. Refined, classic and ready to go, give it an hour of air and enjoy the ride.

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Mineral, smoke, tobacco and blackberry scents lead to an elegant Pauillac with a lush, soft, forward, black plum filled finish. Give this a few years before popping a bottle, it will add complexity and more finesse.

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Pure cassis, gravel, dark berries and earthy aromas lead to a plush, fresh, chewy Pauillac. From an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine is medium/full bodied with plush textures and ripe tannins. Graceful and elegant, the wine ends with good concentration of fruit and sweet cassis flavors.

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2009 d’Armahillac shows ample fresh blackberry, oak, cassis, and boysenberry notes. The long, ripe finish is concentrated with dark berries. This is the finest wine I have ever tasted from this property. 90/93 Pts

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2008 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 90

Herbal, minty and leafy with red fruits, medium body and a salty, red berry finish. The wine is a bit strict and the tannins stand out. Give it a few more years for the wine to soften and fill out.

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Produced in a light and polite style, with cassis, cranberry and spice in the nose, this medium bodied Pauillac does not have the level of concentration found in the beautiful 2009 or 2010. It's a correctly made Pauillac, it's just a little light. It should drink well young.

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This medium bodied Bordeaux wine offers tobacco, earth and cherry notes in the perfume. Light in style, the wine shows some green flavors in the finish. Similar to Clerc Milon, the strong 2009 d'Armahillac remains the wine to buy. It's probably the best wine the property has ever produced. It's also one of the best values from the Medoc in an expensive vintage.

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08 Château D’Armailhac offered hints of licorice with black fruit on the nose. Medium bodied with soft tannins and an easy going personality, it’s a wine to drink young. 87-89 Pts

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2007 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 89

A solid example of classic Bordeaux, with its medium bodied, expression of fresh, bright, red fruits, wet earth, tobacco, cedar and cigar wrapper. The tannins have a nice polish that adds to the soft, easy to like, red berry finish. This is very strong for the vintage.

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2006 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 89

Forest, old wood, cigar box and cedar notes are easy to find This is fully mature, and drinking in the sweet spot. Medium bodied, fresh and offering its cassis and cedar profile in the finish. This is the first vintage made in the estate's new gravity based cellar system.

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Chocolate mint, cassis, tobacco and fresh cherries open to a medium bodied Pauillac that is rapidly approaching maturity.

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2005 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 91

With aromas of cedar wood, tobacco, blackberry, earth and spice, the wine is already developing well and showing its open, cassis fueled, elegant fresh, Pauillac, charm.

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This is developing nicely. With a nose filled with cedar wood, cassis, oak, lead pencil and hints of tobacco, this is all about Pauillac. Soft and round in texture, while this lacks the density found in the top wines, it also lacks the high price tag. Produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, this is a Left Bank Bordeaux wine that you can drink now and over the next 12-15 years.

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2004 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 88

Cedar wood, peppery berries and cassis in character, another year or two could add some softness to the sandy tannins in the blackberry and cranberry end notes.

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Light in color, with advanced aromatics, this lighter style of Pauillac offers spicy cassis, cranberry, earth and tobacco. Already close to mature, this wine is best enjoyed over the next 6-10 years.

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2003 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 90

From a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2%Petit Verdot, this medium bodied, round, ripe, blackberry, cedar wood, tobacco and earth infused wine is ready to drink.

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2002 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 90

Drinking well with about an hour of air, this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot offers a classically styled, cassis and blackberry, tobacco and herb profile, with a round texture with only a minor hint of greeness in the otherwise, dark, red plum finish.

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2001 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 87

Light, bright, medium bodied, mature, soft textured and focused on cassis, cranberry, cherry and tobacco notes, the wine is pleasant, but not exciting.

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2000 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 88

Mature, soft, easy drinking Pauillac with a tobacco, cassis and earthy, forest character. This requires drinking as it's not meant to age much after this point.

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Offering secondary notes of tobacco, earth and truffle. This medium bodied wine did not seem fully ripe. The flavors in the finish edged to the red fruit side.

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1996 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 84

Dark red tea in color, with strawberry and earthy aromas, this medium bodied Pauillac ends with green peppercorn and cherry flavors. This lighter style of Bordeaux wine is past fully mature.

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1995 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 86

Firm, almost strict in character, with a tannic spine that never faded. The wine is medium bodied, with crisp, sharp, red berries, tobacco, cedar and wet earth characteristics. The wine is much better on the nose on the nose than the medium bodied, austere palate. At 20 years of age, this is not going to improve from here.

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1989 Château d'Armailhac  (Pauillac) 86

Displays a spicy, cedar nose. Medium bodied with a short blackberry finish that already has some dry sensations. Since this wine is past full maturity, it should be drunk up

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