Named "Prince of the Vines" by Louis XV, the Marquis de Ségur, Nicolas-Alexandre, sold an estate northwest of Pauillac to the brothers Dominique and Guilhem Armailhacq in 1680. At the time, the...Lire la suite

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Named "Prince of the Vines" by Louis XV, the Marquis de Ségur, Nicolas-Alexandre, sold an estate northwest of Pauillac to the brothers Dominique and Guilhem Armailhacq in 1680. At the time, the Marquis de Ségur was the owner of major Bordeaux wine estates such as Château Latour, Château Lafite, Château Mouton, Château Calon-Ségur and Château Pontet-Canet. The land sold was located right between those that would give rise to Pontet-Canet and Mouton-Rothschild. The first of the new buyers, Dominique Armailhacq, planted vines on the family land, which then covered around 16 hectares, in 1750. By the end of the eighteenth century, the vineyard had grown to 52 hectares and was known as Mouton d'Armailhacq. The growing vineyard was divided between Château Brane-Mouton (later Château Mouton Rothschild) to the north and Château Pibran to the south. By 1831, thanks to impeccable professionalism, exacting methods and unrivalled expertise, the wines of Mouton d'Armailhacq had grown in popularity. This is the work of the vineyard's new owner, Armand d'Armailhacq, and it is this demand for quality that earned Mouton d'Armailhacq its 5th Grand Cru classification in 1855. Twenty-three years later, in 1878, the vineyard now covered almost 70 hectares. Armailhacq's son-in-law, Count Adrien de Ferrand, was then the master of the estate. His neighbor from Mouton, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, became a minority shareholder, then owner of the estate a few years later. Already owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, the new buyer of Château Mouton d'Armailhacq changed the name of the Cru in 1956 to Mouton-Baron-Philippe, which became Mouton-Baronne-Philippe in the late 1970s. In 1968, the estate was reduced to 50 hectares. Following the Baron's death, his descendant, Baroness Philippine and her children, decided to return the Domaine to its former appellation, without the final "q", in order to distinguish it from 1er cru. In 1989, the vineyard formerly belonging to Dominique d'Armailhacq was renamed "Château d'Armailhac". Since 2004, the château has been managed by Philippe Dhalluin, accompanied by Jacques and Eric Boissenot.

Location of Château d'Armailhac

Château d'Armailhac lies to the north-west of Pauillac, on the left bank of the Bordeaux vineyards in the Gironde region. It extends over three zones and is set around a splendid park. A 26-hectare plateau of light, deep gravel in the continuation of the "Carruades de Lafite" plateau, a 19-hectare plateau of gravel on limestone subsoil (Plateau de Pibran) and a 5-hectare ridge of light, deep gravel. Viticulture is carried out in the traditional way with the greatest care, and is adapted to each grape variety. The wines are vinified in stainless steel vats for a total vatting time of 15 to 20 days. This gives the wines great aromatic intensity and a complex, fleshy structure.

Château d'Armailhac wines

The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (53%), Merlot (34%), Cabernet Franc (11%) and Petit Verdot (2%) gives a unique character to the Château's wines.