Chateau d'Armailhac 2007

Fresh from deciding that every Bordeaux I've tried from the 2007 vintage has been disappointing for one reason or another, this wine of course comes along to prove me wrong.  I think they say in Bordeaux: "buy any producers in a good year, and buy good producers in bad years".  If my experiment with hearsay turns out to be something I am making up, quite a possibility really, then I propose to say the same thing.  Chateau d'Armailhac is from the Rothschild stable of wines, and so tick for good producer.  Good is perhaps an understatement.  The wine?  Oak, cigar box, black currants, black cherries and a touch of the barn by way of aroma.  Good length, depth and melting tannins on the palate.  The melting tannins were really the hook for me.  Ready to drink now, but drink over the next 5 years or so.  90 points (7.5/10)

Abv: 13%
Price: $80
June 14, 2011

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