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Château d'Armailhac Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2000
"This continues to be one of the most seductive and luscious d'Armailhacs I have ever tasted. It may be my favorite vintage of d'Armailhac. Opaque purple-colored, this blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot has surprisingly good acidity with the high Merlot content and high tannin, but an expressive, opulent mid-texture and loads of charcoal-infused, cedary, black currant fruit intermixed with spice box, dried herbs, and espresso notes. The wine is full-bodied, sweet, and expansive. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020." 91 pts, Robert Parker (Wine Advocate - Apr 2003)
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Opens with a slight Bretty character encompassing herbal notes and spice covering dark, rich blackberry and cassis and finishing with a turn back to cedar. A very complex nose, that continues in the mouth with more black fruit and dried herbs falling off to mouth coating tannins.
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The dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 d'Armailhac displays a gorgeous perfume of spice box, coffee, cedar, licorice, and leather scents. Sexy, with loads of fruit, medium body, and sweet tannin in the smoky, flamboyant finish. It will drink well for 12-15 years.
Medium ruby. Spicy, evolving aromas of red fruits, leather and mint. Sweet and lush, with a mellow combination of wood and fruit components complicated by animal and vanillin notes. A nicely textured, rather exuberant wine of modest depth, finishing with light but slightly green tannins. Should be excellent in three or four years.
Purchased by the late Baron Phillippe de Rothschild in 1934 and now owned by his daughter, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, this fifth-growth consistently outperforms its classification. With an ample production from 120 acres of vineyards, and a moderate price, the wine represents one of the best values of the '99 Bordeaux vintage.
This is an up and coming Pauillac estate that is making better and better wines. Moreover, they remain realistically priced. Potentially the finest d'Armailhac yet produced, this blend of 42% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 23% Cabernet Franc reveals a roasted coffee, black currant, cedary, toasty bouquet, fleshy, fat, succulent flavors, medium to full body, abundant glycerin, ripe tannin, and low acidity. It is a hedonistic Pauillac fruit bomb that should become more delineated before bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2017.
This wine is just as successful as the seductive 1995... saturated ruby color is followed by sweet, roasted herb, and black currant aromas with lush toasty oak notes. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this medium-weight, elegant yet richly fruity wine possesses enough tannin to last two decades, but it will be one 1996 Médoc that will be drinkable at an early age. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.
Made in an attractive, more muscular style, the 1994 displays a dark ruby/purple color, spicy, meaty, curranty aromas with a touch of cedar and earth, moderate tannin, and good flesh and structure. It may develop into an upper eighty point wine if the tannin melts away without any loss of fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2010.
This fifth-growth, part of the Château Mouton-Rothschild stable of properties, is classic Pauillac, full in body, with big, velvety tannins. It last graced our Top 100 at No. 31 in 1992 with the 1989 vintage.
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