chateau d'armailhac 5eme cru classe, pauillac 2017
WINE SPECTATOR
94
JEB DUNNUCK
92

2017 chateau d'armailhac 5eme cru classe, pauillac

Why We're Buying

Château d'Armailhac has undergone four name changes since its inception in 1750. One thing that hasn't changed? The quality of its wine. The chateau uses a blend of four different grapes to produce a nuanced, early drinking Bordeaux.

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

Dark in profile but very fresh, with a racy beam of black currant and black cherry fruit that bristles with energy, flanked by a well-honed graphite edge and backed by sweet tobacco and singed alder notes throughout. A crackling Pauillac that's built for the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2038.

JEB DUNNUCK
92

Jeb Dunnuck

I loved the 2017 Chateau D'Armailhac, which is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot brought up 16 months in 40% new French oak. It has good ripeness and depth, medium to full body, and terrific notes of cassis, toasted spice, lead pencil, and violets. This classic, ripe, sexy 2017 that has a good spine of acidity and a great finish, all making for a brilliant Pauillac that’s going to benefit from just short term cellaring and keep for 15-20 years.

JAMES SUCKLING
94

James Suckling

Lots of chocolate and berry aromas with currants. Full-bodied, round and juicy with hints of blueberries and white pepper. Long and flavorful. Firm. A blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Needs another two or three years to soften. Better after 2022.

TIM ATKIN
93

Tim Atkin

Meaty and savoury oak aromas. Some bacon and tar. Black fruit. Rich and deep very concentrated tannins and spice, fresh acidity. Well balanced and deep. Long. Good.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 D'Armailhac comes bounding out of the glass with bold notions of baked plums, redcurrant jelly and crème de cassis plus wafts of violets, dark chocolate and fragrant earth. Medium-bodied, the palate bursts with energetic red and black fruits, framed by ripe, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and vibrant. Rating: 92+

DECANTER
91

Decanter

Pure yet plushly-textured blueberry and damson fruits, get a little dip through the mid palate, but recovers with plenty of redcurrant and raspberry notes, backed up by cedar and spice, all carefully extracted and constructed. Perky, it grows on me, not huge persistency but lots to enjoy. 35% new oak.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
92

Wine Enthusiast

This ripe, juicy wine offers good acidity and plenty of blackberry flavors. It reflects the freshness of the vintage, giving a lift to both the tannins and the rich fruitiness. The wine finishes with a touch of chocolate and freshness. Drink the wine from 2023.