This estate gets its name from two brothers who owned land here in the late 17th century. There are records of vines here as early as 1750, which grew to 52 hectares by the end of the 18th century, long before the estate was awarded its fifth growth status in the 1855 Classification.
The branch of the Rothschilds that owns neighbouring first growth Mouton Rothschild took over the estate in the 1930s, changing the name of the wine to Mouton Baron Philippe, and imparting their considerable expertise to the vineyards and cellars. In 1989, following Baron Philippe's death, his daughter Baroness Philippine took control and renamed the property Chateau d'Armailhac as a nod to its original name, Mouton d'Armhailacq.
The 70 hectares of vines are mostly planted on deep gravel (around 20% are on clay-limestone) and have an impressive age: the average age is 46 years old, but one fifth of the vines date back to 1890. D'Armailhac's outhouses store Mouton-Rothschild's equipment as well as its own, and the property benefits from the use of much of Mouton's resources.
The estate's old-vine cabernet franc gives the finished wine a special fragrance and charm that sets it apart from its Pauillac neighbours and from the other wines, like the chunkier Clerc Milon and superb intense Mouton, in the Rothschild stable.
D'Armailhac is a blend of 52% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. It ages for 12 months in oak barrels, many sourced from Mouton-Rothschild's Great Barrel Hall, and around a quarter of which are renewed each year. We recommend a drink window of 5-15 years after the vintage.