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51 Ratings
Château d'Armailhac Pauillac 5ème Grand Cru Classé

Wine Details

Region

PauillacBordeauxFrance

Wine Description

(2010 Vintage) A cold and damp winter followed by a cool and wet spring held back the vegetation cycle and affected flowering. In striking contrast, July and August were particularly hot and sunny, with considerably less rainfall than the average. Peak temperatures of 38° C caused violent storms in late July. The water shortage continued in September, encouraging the grapes to ripen evenly. The Cabernets were promising and overall the grapes achieved satisfactory sugar levels with good potential acidity. The harvest at Château d’Armailhac began on 1 October and ended on 14 October, with exceptional help from Baron Philippe de Rothschild employees, who were invited to come and swell the ranks of the regular pickers. Over 130 staff members responded to the appeal and on 9 October, 695 meals were served in the harvesters’ refectory, an all-time record!

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/05
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/07
  • Robert Parker
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 171
  • Wine Advocate
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: (87-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 165 on Jun-06
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2005 Vintage) Given its vintage and the success of its neighbors, this slightly underfilled offering must be considered as something of disap-pointnment. Narrow and fairly tight-fisted, but never suggesting that it has the fruit that will allow it to blossom with time, it is instead a bit thin and fades away early.