Merlot/Cabernet Blend * 75cl * 13% ABV * Bordeaux, France
Chateau d'Armailhac was once part of the vineyards of Chateau Mouton Rothschild - one of the finest estates of the Left Bank - and 2010 was a vintage described by Steven Spurrier as "looking like the greatest Bordeaux vintage so far"... no pressure then. For Pauillac, this is rather dark and intense, but incredibly refined. It opens with plenty of black currant, followed by some toasted, smokey notes - vanilla, cigars and cedar wood. The palate is medium-bodied, with well-rounded tannins and and a long, toasty finish. More than approachable now, but will live up to its stellar reputation in a few years.
"This is one of the Bordeaux château that’s undergone significant improvements to both vineyard and wine quality over recent years. These changes, in combination with the wonderfully warm, sunny and ripe harvest in 2010 produced a classic Pauillac wine, all cedar smoke, cigar box aromas and deep blackcurrant, cassis fruit, all backed up by powerful, long, mineral tannins. This is a wise buy." Rob MacCulloch MW