Château Ar­nauld CB 2010

Decanter av­er­age score: 95/100pts In­di­vid­ual judges’ scores: POA Lib­erty Wines

Decanter - - HAUT-MEDOC 2010 & 2014 -

Lo­cated just out­side the vil­lage of Arcins be­tween Mar­gaux and Moulis, neigh­bour­ing both Châteaux Chasse-Spleen and Pou­jeaux, Ar­nauld and its 27ha was ac­quired by the Al­lianz Group in 2007, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been owned by the Theil Roger fam­ily of Pou­jeaux fame. The wine is typ­i­cally a blend of 60% Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon and 40% Mer­lot, with fer­men­ta­tion in stain­less steel then 18 months in 100% new French oak. Jane An­son 95 James Lawther MW 95 Ro­nan Say­burn MS 95 Jane An­son Here we get to the aro­mat­ics that we ex­pect from a 2010 Bordeaux at this stage of its evo­lu­tion: young, tight, firm, fi­nessed, not yet open. This is ex­cel­lent; there is true depth to the fruit, a real lift through the palate, with pol­ish and com­plex­ity.

James Lawther MW Se­duc­tive nose, ripe and creamy with a gen­er­ous vol­ume of fruit. Shows el­e­gance, per­sis­tence, and main­tains a fresh­ness de­spite the al­co­hol. Still youth­ful.

Ro­nan Say­burn MS Rounded and el­e­gant nose with al­lur­ing black­berry and cherry fruits, and creamy oak on the palate that per­haps still lingers a bit too much on the fin­ish. Drink 2019-2027 Al­co­hol 14%

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