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2018 d'Armailhac, Pauillac

SKU #1517026 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is clearly one of the most concentrated d’Armailhacs that has been produced in recent decades owing to the extremely small and concentrated berries, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested at the end of the growing season. It’s also one of the best, with clear personality and power, and although still the least complex of the three Pauillacs in the Mouton stable, it should offer the best value giving a ton of rich fruit and cigar box frisson. 5% Petit Verdot makes up the blend. 3.7pH. Tasted several times – always with the same impression. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A soft and generous red with plum, tobacco and currant character and a delicious, full body and brightness. Juicy. Attractive, earthy aftertaste. Layered and dense. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Deeply colored, the 2018 Château D'Armailhac is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot brought up in 40% new barrels. Cassis, hints of blue fruits, graphite, charcoal, and spicy oak notes all emerge from this deeply colored effort. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, it offers ripe, present tannins, terrific freshness, and a great finish. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark With over half Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a rich and juicy wine that is finely structured and shows a touch of integrated toasty spice. It shows a good balance of oak and fruit on the finish. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91-94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Lively cassis and blackberry notes are liberally laced with briar, tobacco and smoky details. Reveals a serious chalky underpinning on the finish. A bit backward, but all the elements are here. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (JM) Inner quote mark

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 D'Armailhac (14.5% alcohol) is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, harvested September 12 to October 3. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals a very fruity nose of crushed blackberries, warm black cherries and mulberries plus hints of potpourri, spice cake and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, the decadent palate delivers loads of black berry layers and a firm, grainy frame with underlying freshness and an earthy finish. Wonderfully opulent D’Armailhac! (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 d’Armailhac has a fragrant, floral bouquet of blackberry and boysenberry fruit infused with pressed iris flowers, the new oak (45%, which is higher than vintages six years ago) beautifully assimilated and allowing it to retain superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, a little more backbone and density than the 2017 tasted alongside, and conspicuous salinity toward the precise finish. This is a superb d’Armailhac in the making. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Black core. Scented with cassis and cassis leaf, lightly cedary. (This last is, unusually, a rare descriptor in this vintage.) Aromatic but not as much as Duhart-Milon tasted just after. Very tannic and chewy, dense, compact and telling you to stay away but not lacking fruit in the middle and the aroma is extremely inviting. Needs time to unfurl. 16.5+/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

91-93 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2018 d'Armailhac is lifted, floral and nicely focused, although a touch closed today. Bright red cherry and floral notes add nuance throughout. Medium in body and fresh, the 2018 has quite a bit of aromatic depth from the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, which helps hide the 14.5% alcohol nicely. Yields were just 32 hectoliters per hectare as opposed to 42-46, which is the norm. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times." (4/2019)


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2021 | Send Email
This is dense, firm, dry and filled with flavors and aromas of blackberry and iron. The wine is big, powerful and deftly balanced between the ripe fruit and the sleek, racy structure all the way through to the gentle finish of mouth coating tannins. Quite aristocratic for this property.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2021 | Send Email
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Very fruity aromas, almost candy-like, but with red fruits showing through. Elegant wine on the palate—soft entry with cassis flavors. Some unresolved tannins at the back end. Quite nice, feminine style.
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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2021 | Send Email
This is one (and the least expensive) of Mouton Rothschild’s Pauillac properties. The red fruit-forward perfume on this wine is stunning. Red cherries, violets, currants and earthy toast. The wine is so elegant and pleasant on the palate already, I can’t imagine it will be long in the cellar before it really starts to shine.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2021 | Send Email
Structured, sophisticated Pauillac. Incredibly dark fruited, with a savory, mineral aspect running alongside. With firm tannins and great acidity this will outlive many of it's compatriots. A wine that will be far friendlier with time but already shows an huge upside for the price point.

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