2010 Bordeaux New Releases: Château d’Armailhac

The Bordeaux phoney war has been going on for what feels like months, with the occasional flurry of releases to enliven matters, but this morning’s flurry is of a different calibre – as we are greeted with the release of  rising-star (and member of the Mouton-Rothschild stable) Château D’Armailhac.

2010 Château d’Armailhac, Cru Classé Pauillac
£378 per case of 12 bottles in bond
This year the blend is a mixture of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. We tasted it at Mouton in a flight with its relatives and, like most, it displayed an austere Cabernet character to the fore. This slightly antiseptic quality gives rise to a powerful mid-palate, showing the (desirable) mix of ripe dark fruit, crisp acidity and mouthfilling tannins. This balance is crucial this year and is distinctly different to the opulence of 2009. The jury is still out as to which is superior but both will be long-lived and are at the top of the quality tree.
Drink: 2017-2027

The full list of new releases can be seen here.

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