Baron Philippe de Rothschild Château d’Armailhac grand cru classé en 2015 – Pauillac
Château d’Armailhac – 2015
In terms of the weather, although 2015 was slightly warmer than average, it was above all very dry (706 mm of rain, compared with an annual average of 862 mm), especially between February and July, from budbreak to veraison. As a result the berries remained small, which explains why the yield was rather low even though we had hopes of a normal crop after flowering.Rainfall in August and September was higher than average, which helped to prevent the ripening process from coming to a halt in a vineyard already stressed by the lack of water. As a result, the grapes matured at rather different rates from one plot to another, according to the variety, the age of the vines and the terroir.
In order to ensure that each grape variety and each plot was picked at optimum maturity, the harvest period was the longest in living memory. It lasted 23 days between our three estates, from the first Merlot clusters on 14 September to the last Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on 6 October.
The grapes were magnificent and fermentation took place quickly. The wines immediately showed plenty of colour and a complete array of very intense aromas ranging from red and black fruit to spice and incense.
The tannins are generally very well-rounded, dense and seamlessly smooth. After blending, the wines still have the same aromatic intensity and complex, full-bodied structures which barrel-maturing should further enhance.
Our 2015 vintage in Pauillac is very similar in its heft and opulence to the 2005 vintage.
Since 1933, when Baron Philippe finally took full ownership, the history of Château d’Armailhac has been inseparable from that of Château Mouton 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 estates lived from 1947 to 1966, is not now used for residential purposes.
The Château d’Armailhac vineyard is made up of three groups of parcels, the Plateau des Levantines et de l’Obélisque, the Plateau de Pibran and the Croupe de Béhéré.
Baroness Philippine decides to restore its original identity to Mouton d’Armailhacq, giving it the name Château d’Armailhac.