A Pauillac with intense aromas and an elegant palate
Undoubtedly, 2016, judging by the density and texture of the Armailhac 2016, may be compared to the greatest vintages of the 21st century, such as the 2010 and 2005. Derived from a harvest collected between September 27th and October 14th, the Château Armailhac 2016 is a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for 62% of the blend, followed by 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% of Petit Verdot.
From its look, the Armailhac 2016 expresses depth and density. On the nose, it is with great intensity and real complexity that generous notes of bold, fresh black fruits emerge. Swirling reveals gourmet aromas of a light roast blended with blackberry and blueberry. The entry on the palate is lively and dynamic, allowing the texture and density to appear thereafter in the middle of the palate, upon elegant and well-rounded tannins with a refined grain, all interlaced with fine woody and licorice flavors. The finish, long and luscious, extends over aromas of red fruits and distinct notes of chocolate.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 D'Armailhac is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked between 27 September and 14 October. The bouquet is very impressive, typical d'Armaihlac in terms of the opulence and flamboyance with lush black cherry and boysenberry fruit, a subtle floral note developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp and tensile entry; there is immense purity here with some lovely blue fruit appearing on the finish. This is a d'Armailhac that is emboldened by unprecedented tannic structure that gives it real backbone and a sense of authority. Quite simply, this is one of the best wines of Château D'Armailhac that I have tasted, somehow not a million miles away from Grand Puy Lacoste in style.