- Château d'Armailhac
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2016 - 2030
- Case size
Goedhuis, May 2007,
Despite its chameleon-like name changes, for the past 20 years its quality has been consistent...and in 2006 superb. Mouthfilling and deep, it has a lot of what the French call matière sèche, which suggests a dense textured palate that one can almost chew. Its flavours are savoury-sweet offering shitake mushroom and plump berry fruit followed by sweet vanilla. Intriguing.
Robert Parker, February 2009,
This impressive Pauillac is performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel. Made by the staff at Mouton Rothschild, it is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a bouquet of grilled meats, subtle herbs, coffee, black currants, and a hint of camphor. The sweetness of the tannins, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning length, all in gorgeous symmetry, suggest this is one of the finest d'Armailhacs yetmade. Moreover, it is still reasonably priced by the standards of this region. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.
Robert Parker, May 2007,
The dark ruby/purple-hued, mid-weight, elegant 2006 possesses sweet tannin as well as abundant concentration. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a dollop of Petit Verdot, it is an elegant, refreshing wine offering good purity as well as the potential to keep for 10-15 years. Drink: 2007 - 2022
Jancis Robinson, May 2007,
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.First note: Very much lighter purplish crimson than Clerc Milon. Light, very aromatic with a hint of wood shavings and some quite notable ripeness. Warm, round fruit on the front palate very suavely handled though not at all intense. Lightweight but very well balanced. Pretty wine for early consumption. No greenness just a lack of concentration. Rather inky on the finish. Second note (blind): Mid crimson. Nice aromatic lift. If you had to construct a completely typical middle of the road left bank 2006 this would be it. Not the most exciting and with a little noticeable acidity but very creditable just a little tiring on the finish. Too green really for comfort on the finish if one is able to look at it objectively.
For years this château had an identity crisis having almost as many names as France has had epublics. It was created in the 18th century by Dominique d'Armailhac from a section of landituated between Mouton Rothschild and Pontet Canet and hence named Mouton d'Armailhac. In 1933, itwas acquired by the Mouton branch of the Rothschild family and in 1956, its name was changed toMouton-Baron-Philippe after Philippe de Rothschild. Almost 20 years later, the Baron Philippe'swife died, and he changed the name to Mouton-Baronne-Philippe in her memory. If that was not enough, in 1989 the name reverted back to d'Armailhac in order to curb confusion with their brand,Mouton Cadet. Despite its chameleon-like name changes, for the past 20 years its quality has been consistent...
Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.