Red

2005 Château d'Armailhac

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • > Bordeaux
  • > Médoc
  • > Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 70

  • asajoseph Likes this wine: (92 points)

    October 26, 2014 - Still very young, but showing lovely dark cassis fruit, with just a hint of the tertiary graphite, leather notes that you come to expect with a good claret approaching the end of its first decade. Lovely acidity, and grippy tannin, which suggest this will last quite a bit longer. Hang onto yours and don't open for at least another 5 years, though this is already a nice wine.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • octopussy Likes this wine:

    September 23, 2014 - Almost 30 years of Bordeaux: Clear Bordeaux-Red. In the nose, it seems super young, a bit lactic at first (blackberry yoghurt) and rather modern. With more air, it shows more nuanced, the young, tart fruit stays, there's cassis, blackberry and black cherry, lighter (raspberry) overtones. On the palate, the wine is compact, has strong, but fine tannin, fine acidity, it's very dark overall, has good balance, but seems super young and underdeveloped. Good length, but dark and brooding and unfinished. This is hard to assess now, but has the potential to be great in 10 years time.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • VoteferPedro wrote: (89 points)

    August 27, 2014 - double decanted and consumed over several days

    This is still young. The aromatics were best on day one with classic pencil and a bordelais earthiness but also an incoherent but interesting palate.

    A half bottle residual developed deliscious cherry and cassis flavors with a medium length finish when consumed nearly a week later.

    I feel this needs 3+ hours of air if consumed now but obviously more years of cellar will improve it further

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Sundbyberg wrote: (87 points)

    August 20, 2014 - Very old school.
    Initially quite sweet but not fruity. Dusty tannins and just slightly woody.
    After 20 minutes in the glass drying fruit and the sweetness is gone. I'm a traditionalist, but this is not much fun.
    Surprisingly approachable.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jonanator wrote: (89 points)

    August 13, 2014 - Good wine. Agree with the comments on the good structure. Nothing wrong with this bottle, it does everything well but doesn't do anything to excite me. I just wasn't that interested in it and didn't feel the urge for more.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/18/2009 (link)

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, Issue #138 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    12/10/2007 (link)

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

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    May/June 2007, Issue #132 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/12/2006 (link)

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Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    2/28/2010 (link)

    (d Armailhac) Weekend

    Dear Friends,

    A few requested re-order wines to clean up this weekend before we move on to new horizons...

    All are FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to the posted limits.

    Have a great weekend everyone -

    - Jon Rimmerman
    ***********************
    2002 Zilliken Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese (Saar) STRICT LIMIT 12/person at this price
    I'm not sure what is going on with the 2002 Zilliken Ockfener Spatlese but someone has obviously penned or posted a TN somewhere as we've been getting requests for it since November. We offered this wine last fall as a special and here it is again at the same price (something of a joke at this point for top-quality Spatlese with age). 2002 has always been overlooked in favor of 2001 but it's a vintage that is still considered very good to excellent and it would have received far more press if not for following in the footsteps of one of the finest overall vintages in history (similar to 2001 in Bordeaux after 2000).

    2005 Chateau d'Armailhac (Pauillac) STRICT LIMIT 6/person
    This price for a 2005 Medoc of this caliber? This is from an original parcel in perfect condition and the wine is only hinting at what it will be a decade (or more) from now.

    2005 Le Petit Mouton (Pauillac) STRICT LIMIT 3/person at this price
    Same Mouton family as the d'Armailhac, also at an eye-opening price for the 2005 (compare at up to $100-150+, I'm not even counting the absurd prices in NY for $200-250/bottle). Like the d'Armailhac, this is an original shipment from Mouton-Rothschild.

    Cedric Bouchard Inflorescence Champagne Blanc de Noirs (Val Vilaine) STRICT LIMIT 12/person
    This parcel is directly from the winery cellar with pristine provenance. If you enjoy a touch of fruit and fizz with your rock and minerality, this is for you...

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009 (link) 18+ points

    (Chateau d'Armailhac Pauillac) Wonderful nose, exotic fruit, although with plenty of toasty oak still apparent. Dark, rich but certainly still vibrant. An elegantly styled palate, harmoniously put together, with some very fine tannins and a fine, gentle texture overlying it all. Good fruit, firm substance at the core, and overall this has a very good combination of elements. And an appealingly ripe and grippy finish too. This certainly has some fine potential for the future.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/22/2008 (link) 88 points

    (Château d'Armailhac) Narrow cassis nose; good basic cassis and currant palate; medium finish 88+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008 (link) 90 points

    (Château d'Armailhac) Very dark red violet color; herbal, black fruit nose; good, tart black fruit and plum palate; medium finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2007 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau d'Armailhac Pauillac) There are some deliciously lively aromatics here, this wine possessing a pure, crunchy, slightly smoky redcurrant and cranberry nose. It is very finely composed on the palate, with a very ripe and rounded nature, and with plenty of substance despite the crisp character of the nose. This firm, meaty presence of fruit is wrapped around a core of delightfully ripe tannins. This has great potential.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château d'Armailhac
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 201 (5%)
  • In Cellars 3676 (84%)
  • Consumed 482 (11%)

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