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May 10, 2016

Chateau d’Armailhac 2015

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Chateau d’Armailhac has released this morning for £300 per case of 12 bottles. We view d’Armailhac as one of the perennial must buy wines of Pauillac. Chateau d’Armailhac was once part of the Mouton Rothschild vineyards. As such, it boasts impressively deep gravel, 20% of which is clay-limestone, and the vines have the very impressive average age of 46 years, with one fifth of the vines dating back to 1890. As such, it embodies much of Mouton Rothschild’s greatness, yet at a superb price point: one can purchase a 12 bottle case of d’Armailhac for the price of one bottle of Mouton Rothschild.

In 2015 d’Armailhac continues its great run of making superb wines in the leading vintages. Antonio Galloni believes d’Armailhac to be especially strong this year’, we agreed, it is a wonderful effort, worthy of this superb vintage. It has been awarded 92-93 from James Suckling and 89-91 from Neal Martin, putting in line with the wonderful 2009 and 2010: Robert Parker awarded d’Armailhac 89-92 from barrel in 2010. d’Armailhac heralds from one of the greatest estates and vineyard plots in the world and at £25 per bottle it provides incredible value for money. It is a perfect wine to buy en primeur and begin drinking two years after bottling, it is also a very fine idea to bottle it in larger formats.

 

 

 

d’Armailhac JS WA Price Release Price
2015 92-93 89-91  £300 £300
2014 93-94 88-90 £225 £234
2013 90 85-87 £250 £250
2012 92 91 £275 £275
2011 90 87 £295 £325
2010 93 93 £350 £375
2009 93 92 £330 £325
2008 90 89 £330 £220
2007 n/a 87 £310 £205
2006 n/a 91 £360 £190
2005 n/a 90 £450 £235

 

Baron Philippe de Rothschild bought the estate in 1933 and the 50 hectares of vineyards are planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Franc famously provides a wonderful fragrance; the high percentage sets it apart from Mouton’s other wines. Chateau d’Armailhac is a Fifth Growth in its own right and as one can imagine the combination of superb terroir and access to Mouton’s winemaking makes this wine an astute purchase, the value for money is fantastic.

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