Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Château d’Armailhac & Alter Ego

Another wine from the illustrious stable of wines under the ownership of Mouton-Rothschild, Château d’Armailhac is a property that has undergone a radical transformation over recent years. This was very impressive in this vintage, receiving a score of 90-93 from Robert Parker, who stated that it was the best wine from this property ever produced.

2009 Château d’Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac
£348 per case of 12 bottles in bond

Perfumed on the nose, this is restrained, with a cool, menthol aspect to its ripe creamy fruit. There is a terrific freshness and purity to this vintage, as well as wonderfully ripe blackcurrant fruit. A linear style, with plenty of racy, fine tannins courtesy of an elevated, impeccable Cabernet component. Again, another classically proportioned style with impressive length – surely one of the finest vintages for d’Armailhac.
Drinking: 2015-2025

Alter Ego is the second wine of the illustrious Château Palmer. When we tasted in Bordeaux, we were greatly impressed with the Palmer itself and, in this vintage, as with many of the second wines, Alter Ego has also excelled. We recommend this very highly.

2009 Alter Ego de Château Palmer, Margaux
£207 per case of 6 bottles in bond
Alter Ego is virtually an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This again is very impressive, with a really deep colour and a sweet, potent black fruit nose. Masses of fruit on the palate and a bold finish make this a striking wine. Round, full and quite assertive under all that fruit. This will keep well.
Drinking: 2015-2025

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