1998 Armailhac 1.5L

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WA 89   Collector 88
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

This is a Medoc 1998 that is revealing more mid-palate, flesh, concentration, and sweeter tannin than it did during its previous year and a half in barrel. A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 38% Merlot, this black/purple-colored claret exhibits sweet aromas of licorice, incense, Asian spices, cedar, plums, and black currants. Full-bodied and sweet on the entry, with good acidity, definition, and ripe tannin, it will be drinkable young, yet last for 12-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2001-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 89
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 02/27/2010

Rating: 88
Author: cinnamon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/14/2009
Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Decanted 2 hours, drunk over the following 2 hours. Opens with classic bordeaux nose with clearly lead pencil/cigar Box aromas. Nose is fascinating and complex, with some maturity. Palate fails to deliver up to expectations from the nose, but still is enjoyable. I would save these 3-5 more years because structure is still very much present. 18 points for the nose, 16.5 for the palate today for 17+ total.

Rating: 87
Author: sm122097
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/02/2009

Average rating: 87, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

9 bottles owned by 6 collectors.

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About This Producer

This chateau has undergone so many name changes within the last few decades that it's amazing it knows who it is. Nevertheless, the wines from this chateau, one of three Pauillac estates owned by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild (the others are Mouton-Rothschild and Clerc-Milon) provide steady, classic examples of Pauillac power and purity. The blend at this estate, from 50+ hectares of vines, favors Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and so produces a less muscular Bordeaux.

See other similar producers: Chateau Giscours, Chateau Lascombes, Chateau Calon Segur

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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