Armailhac 2015


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Tasting Notes

The 2015 d'Armailhac has a precise, graphite-scented bouquet featuring black fruit laced with light rose petal aromas - discreet but engaging. The medium-bodied palate offers quite firm tannin framing dusky, dark black fruit laced with brown spices and sage. I am just seeking a little more brightness and verve on the finish, but otherwise, this is fine. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Score: 91Neal Martin,, July 2019

The 2015 D'Armailhac was bottled at the end of May 2017. It has a very seductive bouquet with ample black fruit laced with tobacco and graphite, most but not all of the new oak subsumed. Just like in barrel, there is a floral element that becomes more pronounced with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, smooth and harmonious with a sense of mineralité and precision on the finish that is outstanding. This no longer leaves me wanting more—excellent. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2040.

Score: 92Neal Martin, -, March 2018

The 2015 Château d'Armailhac is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, marking a slightly higher percentage of Merlot this year. Picking began on September 16 and finished October 5 - one of the longest harvest periods for this estate, according to Philippe Dhalluin. It has a very intense bouquet with layers of small dark cherries and cassis, the oak prominent, though the final blend will contain proportionally less. The palate is very concentrated and quite showy, as d'Armailhac has a proclivity of being at this early juncture. The acidity here is nicely judged with just a touch of graphite coming through on the finish. This is a satisfactory d'Armailhac, but there was a nagging feeling that this is one wine from the Mouton Rothschild stable that left me wanting more. Perhaps that will develop during its barrel maturation? Drink 2020-2035

Score: 89/91Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2015 D'Armailhac displays a medium to deep garnet-purple color and exuberant notions of exotic spices and potpourri over a core of black and red cherry preserves plus wild blueberries and a waft of tar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals mouth-filling, juicy black berry flavors with approachable, grainy tannins and wonderful freshness on the finish. 2019 - 2034

Score: 92Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

Berries and smoke with some wet-earth and leather undertones. Medium to full body, round and velvety tannins and a juicy and delicious finish. Like the walnut and coffee undertone. Drink in 2020.

Score: 93James Suckling,, February 2018

A refined and pretty red with plum, blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors. Full to medium body, fine tannins. Exuberant.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, March 2016

The 2015 d'Armailhac is a very sexy wine. Pliant, open-knit and delicious, the 2015 is super-classy. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange and floral notes are seamlessly woven together in a surprisingly finessed wine for this property. Gracious and racy to the core, d'Armailhac is quite attractive. Based on what I have tasted over the last few years, quality appears to be on the rise, and that is always great to see. 2020 - 2030

Score: 93Antonio Galloni,, February 2018

The 2015 d’Armailhac is especially strong this year. Racy and sumptuous to the core, the 2015 offers lovely depth and radiance throughout. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange and spices are all pushed forward, while the creamy, generous textures are hugely inviting. The plush, racy personality of the vintage comes through loud and clear. The d’Armailhac is the hidden gem in the Mouton-Rothschild portfolio this year. This is superb effort from the Mouton team headed by Philippe Dhalluin. Tasted three times.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni,, April 2016

Tasted blind. Greyish crimson. Aromatic and easy and fresh. Nice balance and pretty chewy and drying on the end. A bit light.
Drink 2024-2040

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2019

Rather alluringly luscious nose. Then lots of substance and fruit all tucked in for future development. Ambitious wine that has not given in to simple ripeness.
Drink 2026-2042

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, November 2017

Particularly bright crimson. Savoury, lively nose. Drier and lighter than most but racy and satisfying in the new style. Good freshness and breadth. Really very polished.
Drink 2024-2040

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2016

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. The 2015 is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It is being aged in 38% new oak. Bright purple colour. The nose has clean red cherries and a hint of cassis. The palate is supple and generous with refined, soft tannins bolstered by wood smoke and vanilla from new oak. Smooth, long and fine on the finish. Typicity and approachability pair well in this Armailhac.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, March 2016

Made by the team at Mouton Rothschild, the 2015 Château D’Armailhac is a ripe, sexy 2015 that has plenty of power and depth in its cassis, lead pencil shaving, spice, and roasted herbs aromas and flavors. The 2015 is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with roughly 30% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, and it’s medium to full-bodied, balanced, nicely concentrated and should keep for two decades or more. 2018 - 2038

Score: 92Jeb Dunnuck,, November 2017

The nose is closed the start of the palate quite tight the black cherry underpinned by firm tannin. Richer at the back the fruit is sweet more generosity with a mix of black cherry and cassis giving more depth on the finish.

Score: 88/91Derek Smedley MW,, April 2016

Score: 90Tim Atkin MW,, April 2016

This is a very aromatic vintage for d’Armailhac, with lovely, faint, spice notes overlaying a generously fruity core. There is
a lovely graphite note piercing the centre of this wine which allows the Cabernet to sing, but the cherry-soaked Merlot
softens the whole allowing it to appear forward, appealing and already approachable. You need to wait until the finish
creeps in to see any sign of tannin, but it is there and it grows slowly reminding one that this is not necessarily just a
forward-drinking wine. I am suitably impressed.

Score: 17.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016

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