Château d’Armailhac – 1996

Château d’Armailhac – 1996

Climatic conditions

The weather for the vintage was very good, almost ideal. A rather cool and wet winter allowed the vines to rest and recover normally.

The vegetation cycle began around 14 April in dry and warm weather. May was generally cool, delaying flowering by one week.

Warm and sunny weather in June ensured that flowering took place evenly between 19 May and 12 June. July and August were hot and dry, relieved by rains at the beginning of September.

Oenological sheet
  • Harvest
  • 30 September to 8 October
  • Varietal mix
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 45%
    Merlot 34%
    Cabernet franc 21%
Tasting notes

The wine, still a rather deep red colour, opens on wild berry fruit, blackcurrant and black cherry aromas mingled with a subtle suggestion of mint.

Full and consistent on the palate, it reveals a fine tannic structure, dense and rich, firm but not aggressive, combined with lovely blackcurrant, vanilla and toast flavours and a hint of smoke.

Seductively complex, this is a very fine vintage.

Descriptive sheet
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