*Top 100 of 1989* Classic Pauillac aromas of rich, thick currant and black cherry with distinct cedary flavors that are very concentrated and wrapped in firm tannins. Beautifully focused and built for the long haul.
Now Ch d'Armailhac. Still very dark ruby with lots of fine sediment and a nicely shaded rim. The intense and mature bouquet came soaring out of the bottle as soon as it was opened. (This was the year when its stablemate Mouton was very highly regarded.) Strong lead-pencil aromas - much less obviously fruity younger vintages. But there is clearly fruit underneath here - and, still, a substantial dry whack of tannin on the palate. This has the most lovely nose but it needs time in the decanter and some meat - the roast spring lamb destined for it?! - in order to be brought to heel. Very fresh acidity but still masses of fruit weight.
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