Pauillac – Château d’Armailhac
Owned by Baron Philippe de Rothschild Château d’Armailhac is situated between Ch Mouton-Rothschild and Pontet-Canet. Made by the Mouton team it is a medium weight and elegant 5th Growth
Covering 50ha in the northern part of Pauillac the terroir is of light and very deep gravelly soil – the preference of Cabernet grapes, although all the traditional Médoc grape varieties are planted. The average age of the vineyard is 46 years, but nearly 20% of the total surface area dates back to 1890.
The key harvesting decisions are made by an analytical and research laboratory which also monitors Château Mouton Rothschild. The dry 2004 vintage led to the following blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Petit Verdot 3%.
Once opened up it shows blackcurrant, blackberry and fresh red fruit mingled with cedar wood notes. Well integrated tannins develop on the palate revealing a fruit flavoured concentration on the finish.
About the Producer
Château d’Armailhac was a 1855 Classified Growth under the name Mouton d’Armailhacq. Bought by Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1934 its name was changed to Mouton Baron Philippe in 1956, then Baronne Philippe in 1975 before reverting back to the original (less the q) in 1989.
Its 50ha in the northern part of Pauillac lie between Ch Mouton-Rothschild and Pontet-Canet. The terroir is of light and very deep gravelly soil – the preference of Cabernet grapes; the average age of the vines is 46 years, but nearly 20% of the total surface area dates back to 1890.
Winemakers at Ch Mouton-Rothschild oversee both this property and its stablemate Ch Clerc-Milon.