Château d’Armailhac – 1998

Château d’Armailhac – 1998

Climatic conditions

February and March were rather dry, causing the vine to bud earlier than usual, though the lack of rain in the second half of March probably slowed this advance. Shoot tips appeared between 27 and 29 March depending on the variety. Cold and wet weather in April halted the vegetation cycle and hampered spring work in the vineyard. May was quite the opposite – hot and dry, with no rain at all during the first 26 days – giving the younger vines no respite.

Mid-flowering was reached between 1 and 4 June, three to five days earlier than the average. Hot weather in July caused veraison to begin on the 21st, and the process was completed under favourable conditions during a very hot and dry August. By 15 August, veraison had taken place across all varieties. 12 days of very hot weather in August with temperatures in excess of 30° C caused some burning, but the damage was of little consequence.

Although the growth cycle was kept under perfect control throughout the year, rain in September and October disturbed the harvest, requiring strict selection both in the vineyard and at the winery.

Oenological sheet
  • Harvest
  • 28 September to 7 October
  • Varietal mix
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 42%
    Merlot 36%
    Cabernet Franc 22%
Tasting notes

The wine has a fine colour, dark and deep with a purple-violet tint, and an open, expansive bouquet containing suggestions of oak subtly mingled with red fruit and blackcurrant.

In the mouth, roundness combines with a solid tannic structure on luscious ripe fruit and pleasant, well-integrated oak.

The rich flavours and full tannins are expressed in a long, harmonious, complete finish, revealing a wine of considerable potential.

Descriptive sheet
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