2009 Armailhac 750ml

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WA 92   WS 92   JR 17.5+   IWC 90   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The finest d'Armailhac I have tasted to date, the 2009 is largely Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) blended with a big wallop of Merlot (25%) and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Its dense purple color is followed by a big, sweet kiss of asphalt, black currants, mocha, barbecue smoke, cedar and spice. This medium to full-bodied, well-made, impressively endowed Pauillac should drink well for 20+ years.

Drink Dates: 2012-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 199

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

This has density, structure and drive, offering seriously dark baker's chocolate, plum, currant and fig flavors all wound up tightly by singed cedar, tar and dark tapenade notes, with a tight, mineral-driven finish. Needs a little time to unwind.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: James Molesworth


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5+

Mid crimson. Can’t explain why but this really, really reminds me of Sassicaia on the nose! Lifted and polished but not at all sickly. I really like this! Great balance but nothing earthbound about it. Nice dry finish.

Drink Dates: 2017-2032
Author: Jancis Robinson


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Moderately saturated dark red. Expressive nose offers redcurrant, tobacco leaf, licorice and cedar. A spicy, energetic midweight with enticing sweetness to its juicy raspberry, redcurrant and tree bark flavors. Finishes with serious dusty tannins and lovely lingering red berry flavor.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 163

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/21/2012
Once again, I totally disagree with Wine Spectator. This wine has been living off its pedigree without delivering the goods. This has plenty of fruit but no depth or body. Very thin and this will not improve with age.

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Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

163 bottles owned by 32 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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