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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Chateau d'Armailhac  2005
Chateau d'Armailhac 2005
(search item no. 94326)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $64.99

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
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine & Spirits 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:

"Abundant tannin in addition to a deep ruby/purple hue, superb purity, and a lovely texture are found in this delicious Pauillac. One of the finest d'Armailhacs I have ever tasted, it is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that achieved an amazing 13.3% natural alcohol.

Aromas of black currants, creamy oak, and earth emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort. It should be drinkable in 4-5 years, and will last for two decades or more."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points

"Deep red-ruby. Currant, blueberry, leather, graphite and nutty oak on the nose. Silky-sweet and large-scaled for this wine, with perfectly integrated acidity and a deep minerality leavening the wine's volume. This boasts terrific volume and finishes with sweet tannins and excellent racy length. Getting better and better in barrel."
-International Wine Cellar 90-92

My Notes:

Additional wines from Chateau d'Armailhac:

  • 2010 (search item no. 126103)

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.