Château D’Armailhac: Vineyards

Today Château d’Armailhac has 69 hectares planted to vineyards, a number that has risen considerably since I started writing about wine, indicating that the expansion begun by Baron Philippe several decades ago has really been carried forward into modern times. The vineyards are all situated to the north and west of the town of Pauillac, and are thus sandwiched between those of Château Mouton-Rothschild to the north and Château Pontet-Canet to the south. The terroir is therefore, in general, the famous gravel of the left bank communes.

Château d'Armailhac

There are three principle vineyards. These begin with the 26-hectare Plateau des Levantines et de L’Obélisque, an extension of the Carruades croupe. Here the soil has a light gravel, and the terroir is deemed most appropriate for Cabernet Sauvignon. Then there is the Plateau de Pibran, a 19-hectare vineyard with soils of sand and chalk over a limestone base, and finally Le Croupe de Béhéré, this being a 5-hectare vineyard of light gravel up to three metres deep in places.

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