Chateau D’Armailhac 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)

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Decanter
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James Suckling
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Antonio Galloni
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The Wine Advocate
SKU
DACS202110 UCAU
$105.00 Per item
Price:
Bottle
750ml (Bottle)
$105.00 Per item
Dispatch in Approx 6 Months
This good value classed growth Pauillac was formerly known as Mouton Baronne Philippe and is made by the same wine-making team as Mouton Rothschild. Medium-deep purple in the glass, with a mixture of sweet red and black fruits on the nose, layered with the toastiness of judicious new oak use. The palate is seductive, with polished and silky tannins gently framing the bright core of fruit. While ripe, there is good lift and vibrancy as the tannins build to give a crunchy, chalky finish that is savoury and long.
This good value classed growth Pauillac was formerly known as Mouton Baronne Philippe and is made by the same wine-making team as Mouton Rothschild. Medium-deep purple in the glass, with a mixture of sweet red and black fruits on the nose, layered with the toastiness of judicious new oak use. The palate is seductive, with polished and silky tannins gently framing the bright core of fruit. While ripe, there is good lift and vibrancy as the tannins build to give a crunchy, chalky finish that is savoury and long.

Scores & Reviews

93 / 100

Decanter

Succulent and softly supple, this has lots of energy and pace with bright red fruits, raspberries and cherries, alongside sweet spices and perfumed nuances. The acidity is so well judged it lifts the palate and delivers the individual elements with precision and poise, so you get a playful, friendly and upfront wine offering so much pleasure. I love the clarity here too, the sheer chalky and saline texture on the tongue; it feels clean and clear with a pristine quality. This will be a fabulous wine! 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 3.72pH. The first vintage to be vinified in the new winery which was completed just in time for the harvest. Drinking Window 2025 - 2045

93 / 100

James Suckling

A firm and linear young red with currant and graphite character. Medium body. Fresh finish. Crunchy acidity. 63% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot

92 / 100

Antonio Galloni

We were a week ahead of normal. April was dry with cold spells. There was frost, but it affected more inland areas. May was overcast and wet towards the end, slowing down the development of the vines. Warm temperatures in early June kickstarted the flowering that was even. The vines were vigorous, so there was competition for carbon, and this helped loosen up clusters. The stormy cycle came in three or four deluges, 150mm in June and July, so you had to mobilise teams over the weekends to keep an eye on what was going on. We were always on the edge of losing crop. Summer was cool and dry, so there was stress towards the end of the month, but this eliminated any green flavours. September was cooler with rain at times, so we pushed the harvest back, which meant that hang time was four days longer than usual. It was a compact harvest of 10 days picking starting 22 September and finishing 8 October.”

93 / 100

The Wine Advocate

Reminiscent of a modern-day version of this estate's delicious 1999, the 2021 d'Armailhac is a terrific wine bursting with aromas of wild berries, cherries, exotic spices and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless, it's fleshy and enveloping, with melting tannins and an ample core of sweet, succulent fruit. This is a pleasure-bent wine that will offer a broad drinking window.