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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Chateau d'Armailhac  2004
Chateau d'Armailhac 2004
(search item no. 90669)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Wonderful aromas of raspberry and currant. Full-bodied, with refined, silky tannins and a long aftertaste. Beautiful and tender. Best after 2009."
Wine Spectator 90 points

Mouton continues to improve on this neighboring property just to the south, where it's created a delicious 2004. The texture is succulent and velvet-soft, the flavors black, shot through with a brighter red-berry aroma. It's juicy and ready to drink with steak frites; this should grow more complex over the next several years."
-Wines & Spirits 90 Points

"A dark ruby color is accompanied by crisp acids, sweet cranberry, black cherry, and darker fruit aromas, and a clean, pure, classically built, medium weight Pauillac. Still firm and tannic, this medium-bodied, elegantly wrought wine will benefit from another 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 12-15 years."
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
89 points

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About Chateau d'Armailhac:

Château d'Armailhac, classified as a Fifth Growth in 1855, is a close neighbor of Château Mouton Rothschild. Its 123 acres of vines, surrounding the beautiful grounds of the main house, are planted with the typical varieties of the region: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

The estate, in the d'Armailhacq family since the 18th century and named Château Mouton d'Armailhacq after them, was acquired by Baron Philippe in 1933. Between 1956 and 1989, it was called successively Château Mouton Baron Phillipe then Château Mouton Baronne Phillipe. In 1989, Baroness Phillipine de Rothschild restored part of its original identity, renaming it Chateau d'Armailhac. The wine, aged in oak casks, combines finesse and elegance with powerful, well-structured tannins.