An exploration of wine

715. Château d’Armailhac, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac, 1996

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Book 4 Wine 715

£33.33; 12.5%

One from Princess’ Dad’s cellar, bought by the Club. Almost deep garnet, with a narrow garnet-brick rim. Dusty, earthy, tertiary notes of bacon, cedar-wood and graphite, followed by sweet spice and chilli hints, then dried herb. Complex. Faint hints of red cherry fruit in the background. Rich-ish, medium+ body, medium acidity, medium, slightly chalky tannins still. Cherry fruit just still there, with minerally, smoky overtones. Medium length at best, and now fading. Nice, but old. Was ’96 a riper year in the Left Bank.

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