****: bessen, kersen, frisheid, elegant, niet zo krachtig, levendig, klassiek, finesse
88-90: The Château d’Armailhac 2014 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot (slightly more Merlot than usual.) It will be matured in around one-third new oak. The opulence and richness is immediately apparent on the nose with hints of black olive infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin, quite dense black fruit with a spicy attack towards the saline finish. It feels a little abrasive at the moment but the rough edges should be rounded by the time.
91: Still a little unformed at present, but this is dense, rich and youthful with plummy fruit flavours, good oak integration and undertones of mint and cinnamon. The tannins are a little too drying on the finish, but should integrate with time. (13.8%; 50CS, 36Me, 12CF, 2PV)