A very pretty wine for the year, the 2012 d’Armailhac is plush, open and seductive. Dark red cherry, tobacco, wild herbs, smoke, leather and game are all pushed forward in a pliant, supple Pauillac that is already quite open and expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, tobacco, smoke and licorice meld into the pliant finish, all with sweet floral overtones that add to the wine’s considerable appeal.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032
Robert Parker 91
Part of the empire of the Chateau Mouton Rothschild, this estate was once known as Mouton Baronne Philippe. This impressive, deep, opaque ruby/purple wine, with loads of charcoal, creme de cassis and a flowery-ness, this is rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, quite pure, and avoids any of the astringency or hollowness that some Medocs possess in this vintage. The wine is complete and finishes authoritatively. The tannins are there, but ripe, integrated and velvety. This is a very impressive d’Armailhac to drink over the next 20-25 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040
Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Aromatic and very Cabernet on the nose. Very sweet and punchy. Sandpaper tannins but at least, unlike some others in this flight, this has real energy. Good stuff! Just slightly drying on the end.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2038