The exceptional events of this year made it impossible to organise the traditional Primeur week, but we have the pleasure here of sharing with you, in word and image, what makes 2019 such a fine vintage. We hope you enjoy discovering it.
Château Mouton Rothschild spans 84 hectares (207 acres) of vines at Pauillac in the Médoc, planted with the traditional varieties of the region: Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (16%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%). The vineyard is densely planted – 10,000 vines per hectare – and the average age of the vines is around 45 years.
The estate also comprises 7 hectares of sandy, gravelly soil planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris (64%), Sémillon (35%) and Muscadelle (1%).
The estate benefits from exceptionally favourable natural conditions, in the quality of the soil, the position of its vines and their exposure to the sun. Combining respect for tradition with the latest technology, it receives meticulous attention from grape to bottle from highly skilled winemakers and vinegrowers responsible for each parcel of the estate. The grapes are harvested by hand in small open crates, sorted on vibrating tables and vinified in oak vats with transparent staves, after which the wine is matured in new oak barrels.
A Classified Growth, Château Clerc Milon now has 41 hectares (101 acres) of vineyard in the north-east of the Pauillac appellation. Close to the Gironde estuary, its soil is made up of deep sandy gravel over a clay-limestone base which outcrops in the eastern part of the estate.
Adjacent to two First Growths, the vineyard is planted with five varieties typical of the region: Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (37%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Petit Verdot (2%) and Carmenère (1%). The vines, with an average age of 53 years, are planted at a density of 8,500 to 10,000 per hectare, depending on the parcel. The grapes are hand-picked and fed into the vats by gravity in order to preserve their integrity, and half of the wine is matured in new oak barrels.
A Classified Growth in the Pauillac appellation, Château d’Armailhac is adjacent to Château Mouton Rothschild on the north and east sides. It has 73 hectares (180 acres) of vines with an average age of 46 years. The deep, light gravel soil is planted with traditional Médoc varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (54%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Franc (9%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The grapes are hand-picked and 45% of the wine is matured in new oak barrels. 2019 will be the last vintage made in the existing vat house: a major project to rebuild the winery is under way in order to give Château d’Armailhac vinification and cellaring facilities in keeping with its exceptional terroir.