Armailhac 2018

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill

This good value classed growth Pauillac was formerly known as Mouton Baronne Philippe and is made by the same wine-making team as Mouton Rothschild. The blend here in 2018 was 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.


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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
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Bordeaux2018ArmailhacBT10420.00cs91/93 NMAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

The 2018 d’Armailhac has a fragrant, floral bouquet of blackberry and boysenberry fruit infused with pressed iris flowers, the new oak (45%, which is higher than vintages six years ago) beautifully assimilated and allowing it to retain superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, a little more backbone and density than the 2017 tasted alongside, and conspicuous salinity toward the precise finish. This is a superb d’Armailhac in the making. 2024 - 2045

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019

The 2018 D'Armailhac (14.5% alcohol) is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, harvested September 12 to October 3. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals a very fruity nose of crushed blackberries, warm black cherries and mulberries plus hints of potpourri, spice cake and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, the decadent palate delivers loads of black berry layers and a firm, grainy frame with underlying freshness and an earthy finish. Wonderfully opulent D’Armailhac!

Score: 91/93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

A soft and generous red with plum, tobacco and currant character and a delicious, full body and brightness. Juicy. Attractive, earthy aftertaste. Layered and dense.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (241), April 2019

The 2018 d'Armailhac is lifted, floral and nicely focused, although a touch closed today. Bright red cherry and floral notes add nuance throughout. Medium in body and fresh, the 2018 has quite a bit of aromatic depth from the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, which helps hide the 14.5% alcohol nicely. Yields were just 32 hectoliters per hectare as opposed to 42-46, which is the norm. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times.

Score: 90/92Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot; 50% new oak. Barrel sample.
Black core. Scented with cassis and cassis leaf, lightly cedary. (This last is, unusually, a rare descriptor in this vintage.) Aromatic but not as much as Duhart-Milon tasted just after. Very tannic and chewy, dense, compact and telling you to stay away but not lacking fruit in the middle and the aroma is extremely inviting. Needs time to unfurl. (JH) 14%
Drink 2028-2038

Score: 16.5+Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019

Medium-deep purple in the glass, with a mixture of sweet red and black fruits on the nose, layered with the toastiness of judicious new oak use. The palate is seductive, with polished and silky tannins gently framing the bright core of fruit. While ripe, there is good lift and vibrancy as the tannins build to give a crunchy, chalky finish that is savoury and long.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, March 2019

Deeply colored, the 2018 Château D'Armailhac is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot brought up in 40% new barrels. Cassis, hints of blue fruits, graphite, charcoal, and spicy oak notes all emerge from this deeply colored effort. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, it offers ripe, present tannins, terrific freshness, and a great finish.

Score: 92/94Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019

This is clearly one of the most concentrated d’Armailhacs that has been produced in recent decades owing to the extremely small and concentrated berries, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested at the end of the growing season. It’s also one of the best, with clear personality and power, and although still the least complex of the three Pauillacs in the Mouton stable, it should offer the best value giving a ton of rich fruit and cigar box frisson. 5% Petit Verdot makes up the blend. 3.7pH. Tasted several times – always with the same impression.

Drinking Window 2026 - 2040

Score: 94Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019

(55 Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 Merlot, 10 Cabernet Franc, 5 Petit Verdot) | 14.5% alc Very commanding and robustly fruited, this is a dense, velvety d’Armailhac with structure and layers of plum and chocolate fruit. Not overly complex but certainly luxurious and imposing this is a style of wine which will appeal to all palates thanks to its generosity and depth of flavour. There is certainly enough grip to allow this wine to expand in time and while the finish is quite tart, this will inevitably fade quickly.

Score: 17.5+Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019

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