2013 d'Armailhac, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
With great freshness, this is an attractive, fruity wine with final ripe berry flavors that are delicately leavened and given weight by tannins. There is already a drinkable balance from the fruit, although the wine needs more time to be in harmony. Drink from 2018.
A fresh and delicious red with blueberry, spice and chocolate. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. A beauty. Drink now or hold.
Pure black cassis fruit, light style on the palate. Slightly simple on the mid palate, though the spiciness is very charming on the finish. Correct balance, easy drinking -- especially for Pauillac.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Fruity, soft, round and easygoing, this medium-bodied blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with a touch of Petit Verdot is a charming, consumer-friendly red to enjoy over the next 5-8 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Plum, redcurrant, licorice and violet on the nose. Fresh, juicy and pure, showing flavors of blackberry, coffee and spicy herbs. Very precise wine thanks to lively, harmonious acidity. Finishes with sweet tannins and very good length. The yields (40 h/h) were the highest of any of the Mouton-Rothschild estates because the younger Merlot didn't suffer shatter; once again, though, the aroma and flavor profile of this wine is heavily influenced by its old-vine Cabernet Franc. This may be even better than it's showing today. (ID)
The 2013 is very pretty and silky in the glass. Violets, plums, smoke, tobacco and graphite meld together effortlessly in a gracious, mid-weight wine that impresses for its length, energy and vibrancy. Overall, this is a solid showing for the year, although some slight elements of greenness lurk beneath the fruit. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested between October 1 and 14. Tasted twice. (AG)
Has a taut feel, with focused red currant, blood orange and Campari notes streaking along, lined with a pronounced iron edge. Lightly cedary, with good cut through the finish. Best from 2017 through 2022. (Web Only—2016)
Founded in 1750 as Château Mouton-d'Armailhacq, which was its name until the 1955 Classification when it was changed to Château d'Armailhac (and classified as a fifth growth). This estate's 126 acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Baron Philippe de Rothschild purchased the estate in 1934 and it remains under ownership of the Mouton side of the Rothschild family. Praise from Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The d'Armailhac is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot cropped at a whopping (for the vintage) 40hl/ha. It has quite an open, powerful bouquet in keeping with the d'Armailhac style: blackberry, cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannins, good depth with a touch of spice on the finish. Fine." (05/2014)