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Chateau Mouton Baron Philippe 1967

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Chateau d’Armailhac was previously part of the the massive vineyards that know of today as Mouton Rothschild. The name 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 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 Château 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.

This Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau d’Armailhac covers 126 acres and is planted with 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,500 vines per hectare. The soils are mostly gravel with sand, clay and limestone. 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 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.

Producent Chateau Mouton Baron Philippe
Jaar 1967
Appellation Pauillac
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering Nee