2013 Château d’Armailhac (Pauillac)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $36.94 (reg. $39.94/Online Avg. $45)
For savvy Médoc fans, we’ve got a limited parcel of this Pauillac classified growth for under $40, and as James Suckling says, it's "a beauty."
Armailhac is part of the illustrious Baron Philippe de Rothschild portfolio of fine wine estates, having been acquired by this branch of the family over 80 years ago. There’s Mouton, of course, and nearby Clerc Milon – and that’s not to mention the joint ventures like Chile’s Almaviva or the iconic Opus One.
Far from being a second wine or an afterthought amid such top-tier properties, Armailhac is very much its own estate with its own identity. It does, however, benefit from the savoir-faire of the technical team at Mouton, led by winemaker Philippe Dhalluin. Consultant oenologist is Eric Boissenot, whose work with first growths also extends to Lafite and Latour. In terroir terms, Bordeaux doesn’t get much better than this. The d’Armailhac vineyards lie between Pontet-Canet and Mouton Rothschild, at the heart of the illustrious Pauillac appellation.
There’s considerable value here vis à vis the other great wines of Pauillac, and one may argue that the gap in price is considerably wider than the gap in quality!
Jeff Leve, the Wine Cellar Insider, basically sums it up: “Château d’Armailhac offers good value, drinks well young and shows good, solid, Pauillac character.” The 2013 ticks all of those boxes, so grab some for your collection today!