Robert Parker 90
D’Armailhac’s 2005 offers notes of cedar wood, forest floor, black and red currants, spice box and earth. It is medium-bodied, relatively soft for a 2005, and best drunk over the next 12-15 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025
The 2005 d’Armailhac is in a gorgeous spot today. Early signs of aromatic nuance have started to develop, but the 2005 has at least a handful of years of fine drinking ahead of it. Quite frankly, I am surprised how fresh the 2005 is. Dried flowers, cedar, mint, pipe tobacco and sweet red toned fruit are all very nicely delineated. Readers looking for an affordable, mature Claret to drink now will find much to like.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2030
Tasted blind. Mid crimson. Light, classic nose – quite fragrant. Lots of fruit attack before a dry finish. Pretty good stuff. But drying end.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2029