Chateau D’Armailhac 2005

90+ points

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France.  13%

Dark, intense, polished young claret, yet for all that surprisingly approachable – I suppose that’s what people have been writing about 2005 but I haven’t quite believed it, as young classed growth Bordeaux can be pretty much an intellectual rather than sensual pleasure.  This could last 15+ years and really needs to be kept for a good while.

I’ve read reports that in 2005 this wine’s stablemate Chateau Clerc Milon is superiour – but these were reports from early tastings.  It would certainly be fun to try these side by side, I doubt either would be in any way disappointing.

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