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’ vineyards. The house, a fine though incomplete white stone building in which the steward of the east lived from 1947 to 1966 is 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.
Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château d’Armailhac has a feisty bouquet with tobacco and sage-infused red berry fruit that seem open for business, unlike some of the other 2006 Pauillac wines. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite supple tannin. There is good weight in the mouth with mint-infused blackberry fruit, fine structure with admirable precision on the finish. All it lacks is the persistence of some of its peers, yet it still constitutes a very fine Pauillac that I probably under-rated out of barrel. Tasted January 2016. [90 Points, Neal Martin – May 2016, robertparker.com]