2008 - Ch d'Armailhac 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château d'Armailhac
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2014 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
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2008 CH D'ARMAILHAC 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château d'Armailhac
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2014 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £680.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2009,
    Score: 89-92

    Perfumed, succulent and fresh, it offers notes of wild black cherries, aromatic spice and red currants. Its fine tannins gently coat the palate and lead to its long length. If you are an Armailhac fan, the 2008 will tick all the right boxes.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, May 2011,
    Score: 89

    A dense plum/purple color is followed by a supple, evolved, medium-bodied wine revealing an elegant bouquet of red and black currants, charcoal, toast and earth. Enjoy this impressive 2008 over the next 12-15 years. Drink: 2011 - 2026

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2009,
    Score: 88-90

    Although unevolved, the fresh, medium-bodied 2008 d'Armailhac is a more elegant, delicate take onthis vintage than some of the more concentrated wines from the Medoc and the right bank. Fresh cranberry, sweet cherry, and spicy notes are present in this wine. While it does not appear to be one of the stars of the vintage, it possesses brilliant delineation as well as an exceptionally pretty style somewhat reminiscent of the 1996 vintage. The blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This wine may put on weight and flesh out given its late malolactic fermentation and retarded harvest.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2009,
    Score: 16.5

    Very deep purple. Still undeveloped but very ripe nose. Some lift already. Quite marked acidity with a lusciousness on the front palate and extremely - almost dangerously? - soft tannins. Has this been very worked? Quite flattering. Sweet and chocolatey on the nose then a bit dead. Solid but not exciting. Rather green and very chewy on the finish.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2009,
    Score: 86-89

    Blackberry and hints of cedar and dried flowers on the nose lead to a medium body, with fine tannins, fresh acidity and a medium finish. Attractive and friendly.

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Producer

Château d'Armailhac

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...

Region

Pauillac

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.