Chateau d’Armailhac 2002

92 points

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 12.5%

This is a superb wine, really showing off the best of 2002, where the cabernet dominant areas did best. This wine has great purity of flavour, plenty of zesty energy, but also a richness that only the best wines of the vintage achieved. Haut Bages-Liberal, also a great wine, is in comparison harder and less expressive.

This is classic classed growth left bank claret, and should last 15 years easily. Special occasion wine, and in this context (it’s still not exactly cheap) a bit of a bargain.

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