Fifth-growth property Château d’Armailhac came under the ownership of the Baron Philippe de Rothschild family in the 1930s. It has enjoyed variable fortunes since its inception in the 17th century but grew to have an enviable reputation for the quality of its wine in the early 1800s.
Today, the 73-hectare estate is managed alongside stablemates Ch. Mouton Rothschild and Ch. Clerc Milon; expertise is shared across the properties.
The vineyard is located in the in the northern part of Pauillac, and is made up of deep, gravelly soil favoured by Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s no surprise, then, that this grape dominates the planting with the rest given over to Merlot (35%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot (2%). A small proportion of the vines here date back to 1890.
Harvesting is done by hand, and the grapes are sorted and destemmed.
Major renovations of the estate are underway currently with new technical facilities to be completed in time for the 2021 harvest.