2017 D'ARMAILHAC / 單公仔

Something about Chateau d’Armailhac

The history of the estate began in the early eighteenth when Dominique d’Armailhacq bought the vineyards at a place called “Mouton” or “Sheepö. Dominique d’Armailhacq developed the vineyard and renamed it “Mouton-d’Armailhacq”. His new neighbour at Mouton, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, acquired the vineyard, calling it “Mouton-Baron-Philippe” in the late 50s. Today, his daughter Baroness Philippine is in charge of the estate. In 1991 she decided to rename the estate “Chateau Armailhac” written without the final q.

Color

Red

Region

France

Sub-Region

Pauillac

Size Price/BTL Total Price Availability
1x75cl $450.00 HKD $450.00 HKD 5 Immediate

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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. 2021 - 2037

The 2017 d’Armailhac, which was bottled in June 2019, has an attractive bouquet with blackberry and bilberry fruit. The oak is nicely integrated, maybe a little conservative compared to other vintages though that is in keeping with the style of the year. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a little "angular" perhaps, with a fine bead of acidity and touches of iron-tinged red fruit on the finish. Probably an earlier drinking d’Armailhac, but one with plenty of character. Drink 2021-2035.

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.

The 2017 d'Armailhac is soft, open-knit and fruity, with plenty of luscious fruit and considerable near-term appeal. Gentle contours, silky tannins and lifted aromatics add to the wine's appeal. Because of the late-season rains and their negative effect on Merlot, the 2017 has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (68%) since records exist, with the exception of the 2002. "After the frost, which did not really affect us, the major challenge in 2017 was heat stress," Mouton Technical Director Philippe Dhalluin told me. "We had no rain until the end of June. Then, in September, when we needed a bit of rain again, we got more than double what would have been optimal. The September rain affected the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, while the Cabernet Sauvignon was able to take advantage of the last 15 days of the growing season, which were much more favorable. In the cellar, we opted for longer macerations at lower temperatures, as we wanted to avoid extracting the type of hard tannins that mark other vintages with very dry summers, such as 2011."

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