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Chateau d’Armailhac Pauillac Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau d’Armailhac, Pauillac, Bordeaux wine, Fifth Growth, producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau d’Armailhac was previously part of the the massive vineyards that we know of today as Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The name of the estate came from one of the first owners of the estate, Dominique d’Armailhacq. By 1740, the wine was sold under the name of Mouton d’Armailhacq. While it was known for making Pauillac, it was not as popular or as well known as its neighbors, Chateau Pontet Canet or Chateau Brane Mouton. The d’Armailhacq family, who got their start in the Bordeaux wine trade continued to own the estate until 1843, when the family had fallen deeply into debt and was forced to sell a portion of their property to satisfy their debt. It was obvious to people in Pauillac at the time the owners of the estate, the d’Armailhaq family needed funds, all they had to do was look at the chateau. The family began to build the chateau in 1820. 10 years later, the slow construction ground to a halt as they could not afford to finish it. Only half of the chateau was completed. For some unknown reason, which may have evetually turned into a tradition, the building was never completed, leaving only half the chateau, making what became Chateau d’Armailhac one of the more interesting chateau to visit in modern times.

It is thought that Chateau d’Armailhac was one of the first produces to begin planting large portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in their Left Bank vineyards. Eventually the d’Armailhacq family sold the estate to the Ferrand family who in turn sold it to the young, and soon to be famous Baron Rothschild. For the Baron, this was an important purchase as Chateau d’Armailhac was located right next to Chateau Mouton Rothschild. This purchase allowed Mouton Rothschild to expand their holdings in Pauillac. Plus, as part of the deal, Count Ferrand was allowed to remain in residence at Chateau d’Armailhac for the rest of life, rent free, and in reciprocity, the Baron also took over the Bordeaux trading arm of Chateau d’Armailhac, which allowed the Baron to begin producing and marketing Mouton Cadet.

When the Medoc property was purchased by the Baron in 1934, it was known as Château Mouton d’Armailhacq. It was the the Baron who changed the name to Château d’Armailhac. In fact, this Bordeaux wine property has gone through numerous name changes over the years including; Château Mouton-Baron Philippe, (1956–1973), Mouton Baronne (1974–1978) and even Chateau Mouton-Baronne-Philippe from 1979 until 1988. To honor his recently deceased wife Pauline, in 1976, the label included “En hommage a Pauline”, for that single vintage. In 1989, the label was changed to the name we know the wine as today, Château d’Armailhac.

The 50.9 hectare Pauillac vineyard of Chateau d’Armailhac is planted to 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is has a vine density of 8,500 vines per hectare. The vines are old. In fact, some of the oldest vines in the Medoc are at Chateau d’Armailhac. Close to 20% of their entire vineyard is more than 120 years of age with plantings dating back to 1890! The terroir is mostly gravel with sand, clay and limestone soil.

To produce the wine of Chateau d’Armailhac, the wine is vinified in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine of Chateau d’Armailhac is aged in 30% new, French oak barrels for an average of 16 months. The production of Chateau d’Armailhac is on average close to 18,000 cases. Chateau d’Armailhac offers good value, drinks well young and shows good, solid, Pauillac character. The original porcelain artwork the logo is based on, resides in the museum at Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

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2009 is the finest young vintage of Chateau d’Armailhac I’ve ever tasted. Although, while 2010 d’Armailhac is different in style, it is not that from the 2009 in terms of quality. This normally lighter styled, early drinking Bordeaux wine now expresses ample Pauillac character with good concentration of flavors and supple textures. Hopefully, this trend to producing better Bordeaux wine at this property will continue.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château d'Armailhac

    1. With a licorice, floral and dark cherry nose, this delicate, medium-bodied Pauillac ends with dusty tannins and a forward cassis and cherry finish. From 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine is aging in 35% new oak. 88-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château d'Armailhac

    1. From a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol. Tobacco, stone, pepper and black cherry notes open to a soft, forward, medium-bodied Pauillac that ends with fresh black plums. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Very floral, with black cherry, cocoa, blackberry and earthy scents rounding out the perfume. The soft, easy to like and drink style is very good for the vintage.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine opens with espresso and blackberry scents. Medium-bodied, fresh, charming and easy to like, the wine ends with fresh cassis. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Another nice showing for this well-priced Pauillac. Lots of fresh dark berries, cassis, cedar and tobacco, soft textures and a fresh, crisp, refined finish. Some time in the cellar will be god for this wine.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Smoke, blackberry, tobacco leaf and spicy cassis notes pop with little effort. Tannic, refined and concentrated, the wine is structured to age, ending with fresh, pure, crunchy cassis.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. Jammy dark berries, plum, coffee and mushroom scents open this sweet, fresh, plummy, full bodied wine. The finish ends with sweet, roasted blackberries. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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    4. From a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine opens with cedar, 5 spice, gravel and cassis scents. Filled with chocolate covered blackberries and sweet cassis, this wine offers depth and purity of flavor. This is the second strong vintage in a row for this Pauillac. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Mineral, smoke, tobacco and blackberry scents lead to an elegant Pauillac with a lush, soft, forward, black plum filled finish. Give this a few years before popping a bottle, it will add complexity and more finesse.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Pure cassis, gravel, dark berries and earthy aromas lead to a plush, fresh, chewy Pauillac. From an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine is medium/full bodied with plush textures and ripe tannins. Graceful and elegant, the wine ends with good concentration of fruit and sweet cassis flavors.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. 2009 d’Armahillac shows ample fresh blackberry, oak, cassis, and boysenberry notes. The long, ripe finish is concentrated with dark berries. This is the finest wine I have ever tasted from this property. 90/93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Produced in a light and polite style, with cassis, cranberry and spice in the nose, this medium bodied Pauillac does not have the level of concentration found in the beautiful 2009 or 2010. It's a correctly made Pauillac, it's just a little light. It should drink well young.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. This medium bodied Bordeaux wine offers tobacco, earth and cherry notes in the perfume. Light in style, the wine shows some green flavors in the finish. Similar to Clerc Milon, the strong 2009 d'Armahillac remains the wine to buy. It's probably the best wine the property has ever produced. It's also one of the best values from the Medoc in an expensive vintage.

      88 points - Tasted
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    3. 08 Château D’Armailhac offered hints of licorice with black fruit on the nose. Medium bodied with soft tannins and an easy going personality, it’s a wine to drink young. 87-89 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Chocolate mint, cassis, tobacco and fresh cherries open to a medium bodied Pauillac that is rapidly approaching maturity.

      89 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château d'Armailhac

    1. This is developing nicely. With a nose filled with cedar wood, cassis, oak, lead pencil and hints of tobacco, this is all about Pauillac. Soft and round in texture, while this lacks the density found in the top wines, it also lacks the high price tag. Produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, this is a Left Bank Bordeaux wine that you can drink now and over the next 12-15 years.

      91 points - Tasted
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  9. 2004 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Light in color, with advanced aromatics, this lighter style of Pauillac offers spicy cassis, cranberry, earth and tobacco. Already close to mature, this wine is best enjoyed over the next 6-10 years.

      88 points - Tasted
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  10. 2003 Château d'Armailhac

    1. From a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2%Petit Verdot, this medium bodied, round, ripe, blackberry, cedar wood, tobacco and earth infused wine is ready to drink.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2001 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Light, bright, medium bodied, mature, soft textured and focused on cassis, cranberry, cherry and tobacco notes, the wine is pleasant, but not exciting.

      87 points - Tasted
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  12. 2000 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Mature, soft, easy drinking Pauillac with a tobacco, cassis and earthy, forest character. This requires drinking as it's not meant to age much after this point.

      88 points - Tasted
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    2. Offering secondary notes of tobacco, earth and truffle. This medium bodied wine did not seem fully ripe. The flavors in the finish edged to the red fruit side.

      88 points - Tasted
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  13. 1996 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Dark red tea in color, with strawberry and earthy aromas, this medium bodied Pauillac ends with green peppercorn and cherry flavors. This lighter style of Bordeaux wine is past fully mature.

      84 points - Tasted
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  14. 1989 Château d'Armailhac

    1. Displays a spicy, cedar nose. Medium bodied with a short blackberry finish that already has some dry sensations. Since this wine is past full maturity, it should be drunk up

      86 points - Tasted
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