Wine of the Month - October 2019
For the month of October, following the official end of summer, we travel a little further back in time, to sample the vintage of 2006.
This month's selection:
1 x Anwilka 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa, unrated
1 x Château d'Armailhac 2006, Pauillac, 91 pts
1 x Château Ferrière 2006, Margaux, unrated
1 x Château Sociando-Mallet 2006, Haut Médoc, 90 pts
Anwilka is the creation of two prominent Bordeaux winemakers and their local partner from the famous Klein Constantia vineyard in South Africa. The two Bordeaux partners are: Bruno Prats, whose family used to be the owner of Château Cos d'Estournel; Hubert de Bouard, whose family is the current owner of Château Angelus, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Class "A" estate in Saint-Emilion. The son of Bruno Prats, Jean-Guillaume Prats, is the President & CEO of Domaine Barons de Rothschild, the iconic owner of Château Lafite Rothschild. It would not a stretch to speculate the Prats would have preferred to keep Cos d'Estournel in the family. Yet, when ownership is shared among multiple cousins with diverging needs, coupled with the draconian French inheritance laws, that was a mission impossible. Following the sale of his family estate, Bruno Prats became a world roaming entrepreneur with footprint in South Africa, Portugal, and South America. Anwilka 2006 was the inaugural production of the trio. This wine was first rated 90 points by Robert Parker following the release of the 2008 vintage, with its 2013 vintage rated 92 points.
Anwilka 2006 - Deep ruby at core, with fresh, youthful ruby rim. On the nose, there is abundant blackcurrant and blackberry fruit aromas with exotic spiciness adding to the aromatic complexity. On the palate, it exhibits hallmarks of a classically-styled wine: linear, concentrated drak berry and plum fruit flavors are perfectly balanced by the supple tannins and fresh acidity, evident through to the positive, flavorful finish.
Château d'Armailhac 2006 - "This impressive Pauillac is performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel. Made by the staff at Mouton Rothschild, it is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a bouquet of grilled meats, subtle herbs, coffee, black currants, and a hint of camphor. The sweetness of the tannins, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning length, all in gorgeous symmetry, suggest this is one of the finest d’Armailhacs yet made. Moreover, it is still reasonably priced by the standards of this region. Anticipated maturity: now-2025." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (2/24/2009, Issue 181), Ratings: 91, Drink: 2019-2030
Château Sociando-Mallet 2006 - "Classic aromas of black currants, graphite, powdered wet rocks, and earthy undertones compete with the intense black currant fruit present in this structured, medium to full-bodied, concentrated 2006. Always an over-achiever, Sociando Mallet is built for 20-30 years of longevity. The elegant, powerful, but backward 2006 requires patience. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (2/24/2009, Issue 181), Ratings: 90, Drink: 2012 - 2025
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