Classified a fifth growth in 1855, Château d'Armailhac, a neighbour of Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, has 69 hectares of vines planted with the finest premium grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Aged in oak barrels, the wine combines finesse, power, and the superb tannin of a fine Pauillac. Widely recognized for the quality of its wine, Château d'Armailhac benefits from centuries of innovations such as those described by Armand d'Armailhacq in his 1867 treatise entitled La Culture des vignes, de la Vinification et des vins dans le Médoc. In 1933, Baron Philippe de Rothschild acquired this estate - also well-known for its grounds (among the most beautiful in the Médoc), front courtyard, and château - which had belonged to the d'Armailhacq family since the 18th century. Known as Mouton d'Armailhacq between 1956 and 1989, the château was then successively named Mouton Baronne Philippe and Mouton Baron Philippe. However, since 1989, Baronne Philippine de Rothschild has revived the historic link with the original owner by renaming the estate Château d'Armailhac.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Château d'Armailhac is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, marking a slightly higher percentage of Merlot this year. Picking began on September 16 and finished October 5 - one of the longest harvest periods for this estate, according to Philippe Dhalluin. It has a very intense bouquet with layers of small dark cherries and cassis, the oak prominent, though the final blend will contain proportionally less. The palate is very concentrated and quite showy, as d'Armailhac has a proclivity of being at this early juncture. The acidity here is nicely judged with just a touch of graphite coming through on the finish. This is a satisfactory d'Armailhac, but there was a nagging feeling that this is one wine from the Mouton Rothschild stable that left me wanting more. Perhaps that will develop during its barrel maturation?
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot|
|Producer/Bottled by||BARON PHILIPPE DE ROTHSCHILD 33250 PAUILLAC FRANCE|
|Classification||5e cru classe|
- R. Gabriel : 18
- J. Robinson : 17,5
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Wine Spectator : 88-91
- Country : France
- Decanter : 92
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot