2003 Armailhac 750ml

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WS 91   WA 90   IWC 89   Collector 89
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Loads of currant, berry and light toasted oak on the nose with hints of milk chocolate. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium-long finish. Thick texture. Nicely crafted and balanced. 15,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The deep ruby/purple-hued 2003 d'Armailhac exhibits notes of Asian plum sauce interwoven with creme de cassis, licorice, and roasted herbs. With moderately high yet sweet tannin, an earthy character, and chewy, muscular, deep fruit as well as medium to full body, it should be drunk between 2008-2019.

Drink Dates: 2008-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($32-$43) Medium ruby-red. Roasted, liqueur-like aromas of black raspberry and chocolate. Very sweet, fat and rich for this wine, with a high-pH mouth feel and full-blown flavors of leather and game. Supple and layered for Armailhac. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins, but the IPT is actually higher in 2005. And the 2005 is more chiseled.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Speakman57
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/20/2012
wrong date

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

Rating: 90
Author: King3194
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/16/2010

Rating: 89
Author: Todd W
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/23/2009
tight grip, dark fruit, low acidity

Rating: 89
Author: Butler wan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/09/2010
Aromas of stewed blackberry, plum skin, barnyard earth, gooseberry, anise, dark chocolate and a touch of boot polish. A touch thin on the palate which emphasizes gravelly earth. The medium-length finish is surprisingly fresh and red-fruited, along with pulverized stone, bandaid and more gooseberry

Average rating: 88, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2141 bottles owned by 524 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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