Châteu d'Armailhac 1997
Château d'Armailhac is owned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her children. It has been through several changes of name in the course of its history, the latest being a return to the estate's origins.
In 1989 Baroness Philippine de Rothschild restored part of its original identity, renaming it Château d'Armailhac.
The Château d'Armailhac label is illustrated with a little figure of Bacchus made of spun glass (Nevers 18th century) from the Museum of Wine in Art at Château Mouton Rothschild.
An 1855 classified growth, when it was known as Mouton d'Armailhac, Château d'Armailhac is situated in the northern part of Pauilac.
Château d'Armailhac adjoins Château Pontet-Canet to the west and south and Châtaeu Mouton Rothschild to the north and east.
The Château d'Armailhac vineyard comprises three groups of parcels. The Plateau des Levantines et de l'Obélisque (64 acres), an extension of the famous "Carruades de Mouton", consists of very deep, ligth gravel, ideal for Cabernet.
The Pateau de Pibran (47 acres) consists of gravel over a partly clay and limestone sub-soil, giving the wines of Château d'Armailhac their refinement and elegance.
The soil of the Croupe de Béhéré (12 acres) consist of ligth gravel, though it may reach a depth of three metres.
The Château d'Armailhac vineyard is planted with the traditional
Cabernet Sauvignon (53%)
Cabernet Franc (11%)
Petit Verdot (2%)
Average age of the wines: 43 years
Vine desnsity: 10.000 plants per hectare
Harvesting: by hand
Vinification: fermented in stainless steel vats for 15 to 20 days
Maturation: 15 to 16 months in oak barrels (25% new)
The wines is bottled at Château d'Armailhac then packed and shipped from the Interchai building adjacent to Château Mouton Rothschild, Château d'Armailhac, together with Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Clerc Milon, is held in the Groupement Foncier Agricole (G.F.A.) "Baronne Philippine de Rothschild", a special form of partnership form holdings of agricultural land.
The G.F.A. is leased on a long-term lease to Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, wich manages the estates and markets the wines.
The wine has a clear, brilliant colour and a nicely open nose with aromas of berry fruit (blackberry and bilberry) and more subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf. The clean, forthright attack leads quickly into silky, well-rounded tannins, full of charm and elegance. Showing a fine balance between structure and aromatic persistence (cherry, vanilla, toast), the wine lengthens into an elegant, complex and flavoursome finish.