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Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Cinquième Cru Classé 2010

The Experience

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A) Celebrating B) Being extravagent
Listen To...
Simply the Best by Tina Turner
Think About...
Strong performances
Drink With...
Côte de boeuf with béarnaise sauce

The Oddbins Take

2009 was a hard act to follow in Bordeaux, but there is pretty much universal agreement that 2010 did rather a good job. At the Fifth Growth Château d'Armailhac at the northern end of Pauillac, the dry and warm – but never excessively hot – summer that year produced naturally concentrated, small, rich and highly coloured grapes, with good acidity. The long and the short of it? The resulting wine is powerful, with well-rounded tannins and black cherry flavours that develop notes of vanilla, roasted coffee and toasted nuts – and the potential to age exceedingly well.

The Vital Statistics

Pauilac, Médoc, Bordeaux
Can Be Drunk Now - Will Evolve Over the Next 10 Years
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
To be updated
Alcohol Units

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The Style

Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (23%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Petit Verdot (2%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

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Chateau D'Armailhac

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Owned by Baroness Philipine de Rothschild and situated in the north of Pauillac, Château d'Armailhac is comprised of 69 hectares of vines. Touching Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Pontet Canet, it occupies an enviable position.

2010 was a dry but relatively cool year, with no summer heatwave. A generally cold winter gave way to a dry and cool spring that ended with some rainfall in mid-June. Temperatures started rising on June 21 and the summer weather continued throughout a particularly sunny July. The fine conditions of late July were followed by a cloudier, slightly and very dry August. Summer weather returned on 21 August with high temperature (reaching 38C on the 25th and 26th) and cool nights, getting the ripening process off to a good start. A welcome spell of rain between 6 and 8 September helped the grapes to mature. Acidity levels fell and phenolic maturation was slow but the crop remained in excellent condition. The fine weather returned, still accompanied by cool nights, encouraging the quality and synthesis of anthocyans and flavour until the harvest. After showers n 26 September, picking started on 28 September in very good conditions and ended on 13 October. Naturally concentrated, the grapes were small and their juice, rich and highly coloured, displayed good acidity.

These factors – dry conditions without drought, an exceptional amount of sunshine, cool nights and rainfall that arrived at just the right time – give the 2010 vintage a remarkable identity. A splendid sequel to 2009, it is sure to become an outstanding year in the long history if fine Bordeaux wine. After vinification, the wine was aged for 15 to 16 months in oak barrels, 25% of which were new.

The colour is dark and intense – almost black. The nose opens on fruit aromas, especially black cherry, followed by toasted, roasted notes. The wine is immediately full and powerful on the attack, with well-rounded tannins and fruit flavours that develop notes of vanilla, roasted coffee and toasted nuts. The long finish is sustained by slightly toasted, oaky flavours. This is a powerful vintage of Château d'Armailhac, of considerable refinement.

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