Château d'Armailhac 2017 [Futures]
• Domaine: Château d'Armailhac
• A.O.C.: Pauillac
• Classification: Fifth Growth, 5ème Grand Cru Classé en 1855
Located next to Château Mouton Rothschild, and owned by Château Mouton Rothschild, this property has the potential to delight one's palate and wallet at the same time.
"A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2017 D'Armailhac is deep garnet-purple in color and very open on the nose with expressive notes of crushed black cherries, black raspberries and cassis with hints of baking spices, lavender and wood smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with a great core of vibrant red and black fruits, ripe, grainy tannins and superb freshness, finishing long and minerally.
Part of the Mouton-Rothschild family of Châteaux, while in 2017 there was no frost at Mouton, there was just a little at d’Armailhac. Winemaker Philippe Dhalluin noted that the drought at the beginning of the growing season ensured that the bunches consisted of many small berries. In fact, the Merlot was a bit stressed and suffered a little, thus Dhalluin felt it was more of a Cabernet year here in Pauillac. Yields are down on 2016 only by about 10%. The final blends were made in mid-November because the malo-lactic fermentations progressed so quickly." - Lisa Perroti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2018, Issue 236), Rating: 90-92