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Chateau d'Armailhac

ch-d-armailhac.jpgThe most schizophrenic property in the entire Medoc - at least in terms of nomenclature - this is now a star property of the Rothschild family (of the Mouton schism) having settled both in terms of name as well as style.  Most recently known as Mouton-Baronne-Philippe (until 1989), it was originally known as Mouton d’Armailhacq.

Vineyards:

Nearly 60 hectares of vines, mostly nestled in between the gentle hills to the north of Pauillac hosting Mouton Rothschild and Pontet-Canet respectively, overlooking the Gironde.  Planted to a mix of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot of an average vine age of 50 years.  

Winemaking:

Although lacking autonomous winemaking facilities, d’Armailhac’s cellars are adjacent those of Mouton Rothschild, and the same winemaking team is responsible for d’Armailhac, as well as Mouton Rothschild and Clerc-Milon.  The wine ferments for up to three weeks in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats and is aged in oak (approximately 35% of which is new) for around 16 months.  Unusually, there is no second wine produced.