2021 - Ch d'Armailhac 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château d'Armailhac
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2027 - 2040
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2021 CH D'ARMAILHAC 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château d'Armailhac
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2027 - 2040
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £180 – £220
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2022,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2021 d'Armailhac, aged in 50% new oak, is the first vintage to be vinified in the new winery, which was completed a month before the harvest. It has quite a strict bouquet, tight and focused, with broody dark berry fruit, pencil box and tar, quite classic in style. The palate is harmonious and smooth with fine tannins, just the right amount of acidity and a sapid finish that lingers in the mouth. Residual graphite notes linger after the wine has exited. Very fine. Drink 2025 - 2045

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 91-93

    Reminiscent of a modern-day version of this estate's delicious 1999, the 2021 d'Armailhac is a terrific wine bursting with aromas of wild berries, cherries, exotic spices and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless, it's fleshy and enveloping, with melting tannins and an ample core of sweet, succulent fruit. This is a pleasure-bent wine that will offer a broad drinking window.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
    Score: 88-90

    The 2021 d'Armailhac is elegant and lithe in feel. Bright floral and savory notes lend freshness throughout a core of red berry fruit. In this tasting, Armailhac comes across as a bit vegetal, with slightly angular contours that hopefully will resolve with élevage. This is the first vintage made in the château's new cellar. Drink 2029-2041

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2022,
    Score: 92-94

    63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. More restrained on the nose than in some years, with characters of cranberry and blood orange. These elegant flavours build on the palate, highlighting the wine’s Pauillac heritage. A very well-balanced wine, and its early modesty is to the credit of the Rothschild winemaking team, as they let the wine evolve in its own time. There is no doubting the wine’s potential, and it continues to be the bargain in the Mouton stable.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
    Score: 90-92

    Dark ruby in color, the wine is floral in nature, with black raspberries, cherries and spice on the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, approachable and focused on its freshness, sweetness and easy going charm. The wine blends 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, 13% ABV. The wine represents 50% of the harvest. Drink from 2024-2044.

  • JA

    Jane Anson, April 2022,
    Score: 92

    First year with the new cellar at Armailhac, and a new technical director, as Lucie Lauilhé has replaced Jean-Paul Paultert, with Paultert retiring after 29 years in the post (Lauilhé was only present for harvest and blending, 2022 will be her first full year). There are big plans for this property, but in 2021 it is playing things a little safe, with juicy balance, delicate tannins, plenty of grip and precision to the raspberry and blackberry fruits, but a little soft on the finish. There is due to be a 2nd wine in the future, which will help with concentration, but the signature of 2021 is evident here. A little more Cabernet Franc, after poor fruit set with the Melrot. 3.73ph. 50% new oak, 60IPT. Tasted twice.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
    Score: 17.5

    With new winemaker directrice Lucie Lauilhé at the helm of a new facility, this wine marks the first chapter in d’Armailhac’s next thriller. Small tweaks were made in 2021, with the same percentage of oak used but more sensitive toasting levels employed, and this relaxation in spiciness balances nicely with quieter fruit and a more sensual wine overall. This is a silky, not velvety, wine, and the Cabernet Franc adds lovely perfume as well as crisp acidity to the finish. It is clear that this is a thoughtful creation, and with lovely length and a palate that is, according to Estates Manager Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy, growing every day, this is an impressive wine for d’Armailhac.

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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.