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Château d'Armailhac, Pauillac, 5th growth 1994
I bought a couple of bottles of this from UK supermarket Tesco a few years ago, when it was reduced to a very tempting price in a summer sale. I'm a big fan of the "big brother" of this wine, the '94 Mouton-Rothschild, but have to confess this was disappointing. The colour is quite young, a dark ruby just lightening at the rim. The nose offers attractive scents of modest blackcurrant and lots of cedar. On the plate the first impression is of rather dried, currant fruit. The sense of juicy blackcurrant richness is missing. Tannins are moderate, but a bit angular and awkward leading to a drying, slightly inky finish. I have another bottle to try in a few years, but I have serious doubts as to whether this will come into balance. (08/01)