(Decanter's Bordeaux '05, '09, '10 tasting) :: missing some of the ripeness and complexity of the '10s, and leaning more toward the savoury and minerals notes, where there is nonetheless still a solid structure and good balance. Cassis and fruit makes itself better felt on the palate, which yields a fairly rounded mouthfeel and med finish.
This is interesting: the professional notes are all over the place in terms of fruit and secondary notes. Not really helpful to get some orientation. When I tasted it yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised that despite its young age, the wine was very balanced, rounded and drinkable. Dark ruby colour with fat legs, a rather discrete nose with hints of barnyard initially and pencil shavings later. Very nice fruit of blackberry with some dark cherry, vanilla notes and slightly toasted. Tannins are beautifully integrated and it makes for a very complete and balanced palate. The length is a bit disappointing, shorter than what I hoped for. Some nuts and black fruit on the back palate. Enjoyable and, due to the light remaining tannins, a bit unpredictable to predict with age. Hence giving it for now a reduced drinking date by 2019.
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(Chateau d'Armailhac (Pauillac)) Not very expressive at first, revealing with time some roasted fruit character, before some darker, sooty and nutty elements come through as well. The palate is supple, well formed and well filled out, with a very light structure which is only seen in the very finish. Attractive, lightly savoury fruit elements here though, with a little more grip showing on a second tasting, although the finish is still deceptively soft. There is potential here, but I prefer Clerc-Milon's more confident style in this vintage.
(Chateau d'Armailhac Pauillac) Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 24%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Petit Verdot 2%. Good colour although not the most concentrated. Really exuberant black cherry fruit on the nose, quite broad and firm in style rather than sweet or soft, although it is certainly ripe. Very well judged density on the kick-off, with a bolder midpalate, very deeply polished tannins, providing a delicious, savoury frame for the fruit which has a deeply flavoursome character with a juicy edge. Rather supple, with good acidity cutting through the middle, although it is balanced by all the fruit and substance. Lovely.
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