Chateau D’Armailhac Pauillac 2009

Chateau D’Armailhac Pauillac 2009

$195.00

Wonderful aromas of blackberries, blueberries and bramble berries. Full-bodied, with ripe tannins and wonderful fruit. There is really a gourmand style to it. So delicious. Fruity and velvety. So much flavor. Why wait? But will improve for years.

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Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: March 2, 2012 (JS-93)

Wonderful aromas of blackberries, blueberries and bramble berries. Full-bodied, with ripe tannins and wonderful fruit. There is really a gourmand style to it. So delicious. Fruity and velvety. So much flavor. Why wait? But will improve for years.

Source: March 2019 Week 2, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 14th Mar 2019,(RP-90)

The 2009 D'Armailhac has a medium to deep garnet color, and vibrant red and black fruit preserves, incense, earth and dried herbs all spring from the glass with a faint undercurrent of beef drippings. Medium-bodied, firm and chewy in the mouth, it has just enough maturing, savory fruit to fill the palate, with a lively line of freshness and an herbal lift on the finish.
Drink Date: 2019 - 2029

Source: Winemaker

Climatic conditions
Nature was particularly kind in 2009, providing conditions that favoured the vegetation cycle and helped the grapes to reach full maturity.
Winter was a little colder than usual, though in the period to March the region had 204 hours of sunshine more than the average for the last thirty years.
April was very wet and May often stormy. Flowering took place rapidly and evenly around 5 June.
Summer set in from mid-June, bringing remarkable levels of sunshine and little rainfall. The very fine weather and high level of hydric stress, barely alleviated by a few showers, enabled the grapes to ripen slowly to full maturity. Temperatures in August were 1.4 C higher than the average. The ideal weather continued into September as cool nights alternated with hot days.
The weather, encouraging the concentration of aromas and flavours and the accumulation of anthocyans, brought the crop to harvest in perfect condition.
Picking began with the Merlot on 23 September and ended with the Cabernet Sauvignon on 6 October. The grapes were extremely healthy, containing plenty of sugar, colour and fruit and showing exceptional potential. 2009 will undoubtedly go down as a vintage to match the finest.

Harvest: 23 September to13 October
Varietal mix: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 24%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Petit Verdot 2%

Tasting notes
A dark and intense red, Chateau d'Armailhac 2009 reveals a rich, beautifully fresh nose that combines ripe red fruit aromas with delicate roasted and vanilla notes.
On the palate, the attack is powerful and clean, bringing mature, well-rounded tannins that allow the body to develop with great finesse.
Full-bodied, the wine is distinguished by touches of slightly toasted oak and reveals an elegant, lingering finish.
Definitely a great vintage for Chateau d'Armailhac.

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