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2005 d'Armailhac, Pauillac

SKU #1039234 92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is almost the perfect time to drink this wine, although it still needs decanting to bring out the plush strokes of fruit. Aromatically, it majors on cassis, liquorice, cedar and patisserie. This is a lovely wine, a classic Pauillac that is not overly intense and retains a sense of juiciness. (JA) Inner quote mark

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Located in the north of Pauillac, between Mouton and Pontet-Canet, this 123-acre estate is also part of G.F.A. Baronne Philippine de Rothschild. The aroma balances meaty fruit and mineral scents, and while the pungent red fruit is always there, the tannins seem to increase their intensity with air. They cover the pure black cherry flavor like a powerful skin, deep and plush with an iron-knuckle punch. The tannins don't go away, but their inner velvet eventually wins out. Inner quote mark (10/2008)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2005 d'Armailhac is in a gorgeous spot today. Early signs of aromatic nuance have started to develop, but the 2005 has at least a handful of years of fine drinking ahead of it. Quite frankly, I am surprised how fresh the 2005 is. Dried flowers, cedar, mint, pipe tobacco and sweet red toned fruit are all very nicely delineated. Readers looking for an affordable, mature Claret to drink now will find much to like. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark D’Armailhac’s 2005 offers notes of cedar wood, forest floor, black and red currants, spice box and earth. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A big, sweet, soft wine, with attractive ripe blackberry fruits. It’s lively, smoky and licorice flavored, with delicious fresh acidity to finish. (RV) Inner quote mark (6/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Exhibits blackberry, currant and licorice on the nose. Full and velvety, with plenty of good fruit. A balanced, fruity red. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2008)

K&L Notes

90 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Château d’Armailhac 2005 has a very typical d’Armailhac nose with ebullient red and black fruit, cedar and mint coming through with a light black olive scent. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced, supple in the mouth and therefore, one of the more approachable Pauillac ’05s. There are hints of bay leaf and clove emerging on towards the finish that fans out with panache, a savory tincture lingering on the finish." (O2/2015)


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