Bordeaux 2020 En Primeur | Château D'Armailhac
"A splendid wine in the making, and one of the best examples from the estate that I have tasted out of barrel."
92-94 Points, Neal Martin
"This Armailac is gorgeous. I really like this, it has a floral edge, a juice and freshness and sense of elegance"
93 Points, Jane Anson
Produced by the same team as Mouton, Chateau D'Armailhac instils new life to the Primeurs by releasing their latest 2020 millésime.
Once part of the larger Mouton Rothschild estate, this excellent Pauillac was given its own identity by the Baron, who saw great potential in these vines. Chateau d'Armailhac counts some of the oldest plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc in the region, with more than 20% of the vines being 120+ years old. This viticultural heritage is nurtured by the same winemaking team of Mouton, and in recent years, the once 'petit' Chateau d'Armailhac is building a reputation of its own.
In 2020, Chateau D'Armaillhac wowed critics with a text-book Pauillac of remarkable gravitas. Neal Martin finds "a splendid wine in the making, and one of the best examples from the estate" he tasted from barrel. A 92-94 Points barrel scores seals the quality assessment, making this the top scored vintage of d'Armailhac to date. "A sense of elegance" impressed Jane Anson, who praises in Decanter Magazine this "gorgeous" creation. She clearly "really liked this", and offered a solid 93 Points in return.
Released at £198 per 6, Chateau D'Armailhac delivers on his promises.
This quintessential Pauillac does not hide behind his illustrious parent, offering plenty of substance to Bordeaux lovers. Snapping up few cases is highly recommended, as this is a beauty in the making.
FINE WINE TEAM
Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classé
€ 230 per 6 Bottles IB
€ 236 per 3x150cl Magnums
€ 188 per 1x300cl Double Magnum
€ 353 per 1x600 Imperial
Blend: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
92-94 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous
"The 2020 d’Armailhac, raised in 50% new oak with a planned 17-month barrel maturation, is a little deeper in color compared to the Clerc Milon. I find more complexity on the nose of blackberry, briar, cedar and pencil box aromas, less extravagant than previous vintages and more terroir-driven, perhaps. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins that have a little more edge than the Clerc Milon, plus there is slightly more mineralité and depth. In particular, the finish is very harmonious and fans out wonderfully. This Château d’Armailhac is a splendid wine in the making, and one of the best examples from the estate that I have tasted out of barrel. Drinking Window 2025 - 2045"
93 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter
"A little austere on the opening beats. Carving out its place more clearly alongside its two Pauillac siblings, this has some excellent sappy dark fruits, plenty of tannins and power but also elegance and confidence. This Armailac is gorgeous, lovely mid palate dept, and plenty of juicy blueberry and bilberry fruit, with lift through the finish, 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 50% new oak. Harvest September 7 to 29.
The new cellar with be finished for the 2021 harvest, but this one was made in the temporary cellar. I really like this, it has a floral edge, a juice and freshness and sense of elegance; a good two minutes after you have stopped tasting a wave of subtle smoke comes in - the after wash of a fine gravel terroir. 50% new oak, harvest from September 7 to 29 across the three estates. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042"
This is an En Primeur offer with UK ETA by Summer 2023.
Limited quantities available, offered on allocation only.
Bonded Storage offered via Nexus (for UK and EU).
Payment due on invoice.