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D'Armailhac 2020 (750ML)

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95 JS / 94 WS / 93 WA / 93 VM / 93 JA / 93 DE / 92 WI / 91+ JD 
31 Mar, 2023 – Bright aromas of currants and raspberries, oranges, and roses. Peach skin. Medium- to full-bodied with creamy and velvety tannins. So much finesse and balance. It’s savory and slightly salty. 59% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 8% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Drink after 2027.--James Suckling
Shows a core of lovely mulberry, cassis and plum reduction flavors that stretch out over a racy graphite note, in turn revealing flashes of anise, apple wood and sweet tobacco. Offers a late tug of warm earth, too. Rock-solid, with an old-school hint. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2026 through 2038. - JM, Wine Spectator
The 2020 d'Armailhac is excellent, bursting with aromas of blackberries, violets, burning embers and licorice, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy palate that's broad but precise, with powdery tannins and a lively core of fruit. It's a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.--William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
The 2020 d'Armailhac has a very pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, crushed iris flowers and hints of potpourri, tightly-wound at first but opening nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly angular tannins at first, fine acidity, pure blackberry and graphite notes becoming more accentuated towards the finish. That could only come from Pauillac. A classy d'Armailhac that bestows great terroir expression and sense of classicism. - Neal Martin, Vinous Media
A fresh, layered red with blackberry and chocolate. It’s full and beautiful. Cool finish. Soft tannins spread across the finish. Savory. - James Suckling 
Nuanced and finessed, an understated power that delivers top notes of violet and peony, showcasing the balance and freshness of 2020 at this property, and carving out its difference from siblings Mouton and Clerc Milon. Saline kick on the finish, and a wave of campfire smoke. Harvest September 10 to 29, 50% new oak for ageing. Last vintage in the old cellar at this château, and last full vintage of Jean-Paul Voelert as director. - Jane Anson
A little austere on the opening beats. Carving out its place more clearly alongside its two Pauillac siblings, this has some excellent sappy dark fruits, plenty of tannins and power but also elegance and confidence. This Armailac is gorgeous, lovely mid palate dept, and plenty of juicy blueberry and bilberry fruit, with lift through the finish, 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 50% new oak. Harvest September 7 to 29. The new cellar with be finished for the 2021 harvest, but this one was made in the temporary cellar. I really like this, it has a floral edge, a juice and freshness and sense of elegance; a good two minutes after you have stopped tasting a wave of subtle smoke comes in - the after wash of a fine gravel terroir. 50% new oak, harvest from September 7 to 29 across the three estates. - Jane Anson, Decanter
The 2020 d'Armailhac is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it strolls out of the glass with ready-to-go scents of black raspberries, cherry preserves, and warm cassis, followed by suggestions of menthol and dark chocolate. The medium-bodied palate is coated with juicy black fruits with a soft texture and just enough acidity, finishing with a real skip in its step.. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
The 2020 Château D'Armailhac is a blockbuster that's going to reward patience. Based on 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, its inky purple hue is followed by a deep, concentrated, mouth-filling Pauillac offering classic darker currant fruits, notes of graphite and lead pencil, building tannins, and outstanding length. This chewy, tannic, backward wine will need 5-7 years of bottle age and will evolve for two decades.- Jeb Dunnuck

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