Since 1933, when Baron Philippe finally took full ownership, the history of Chateau d’Armailhac has been inseparable from Chateau Rothschild. Its vast outbuildings house the technical and agricultural equipment needed to farm the two estates’ vibeyards. The house, a fine though incomplete white stone building in which the steward of the east lived from 1947 to 1966 it not now used for residential purposes.
The chateau d’Armailhac vineyard is made up three groups of parcels, The Plateau des Levantines et l’Obelisque, The Plateau de Pibran and the Croupe de Béhéré.
This powerful, tannic, structured effort from Mouton-Rothschild’s stable is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by an earthy nose dominated by black currants and toasty, smoky oak. Medium to full-bodied with relatively high tannin, decent acidity, and a fine finish, it should be at its best between 2014-2030. [90+ Points, Robert M. Parker, Jr. – April 2008, robertparker.com]