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Armailhac 1998


Case Format: 12x75cl

Max score: 90.0

Swamped with the juiciness of cassis, Château d’Armailhac produces a sumptuous flavour profile where luscious, ripe fruits dominate. Its deep gravelly soil is a terroir favoured by Cabernet Sauvignon, which allows the grapes to thrive. At 172 acres, Château Armailhac’s blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (c.56%), Merlot (c.32%), Cabernet Franc (c.10%), and Petit Verdot (c.2%). Currently owned by the Mouton Rothschild branch of the Rothschild family, Armailhac isn’t overshadowed by its perhaps more famous counterpart, but instead reaps the same benefits of its illustrious neighbour through both their unrivalled expertise and enviable terroir.



Jane Anson

An excellent vintage full of old school Pauillac markers, with firm slightly rustic tannins, undergrowth, eucalyptus, leather armchair, blackberry, raspberry, loganberry, edging of earth, rust, clove and white pepper. A good qualty Armailhac that is ready to drink, with the highest amount of Merlot in the lineup. A little less finesse than some vintages, but this is young, the tannins will elongate further over the next decade. Harvest September 28 to October 7. Around 80% 1st wine. 25% new oak. Eric Tourbier winemaker.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 36% Merlot, the 1998 DArmailhac is medium garnet-brick in color with gorgeous spice cake, incense and dusty soil notes over a core of kirsch, blackberry pie and preserved plums with a waft of potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied, soft, spicy and with lovely freshness, plenty of mid-palate fruit and a long and exotic finish. This is fresher than the Clerc Milon. Delicious now but should hold 5 to 7+ years.


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