Château Haut-Brion

A unique position as the only non Médoc red wines in the 1855 classification... for a unique wine

In the past, Haut-Brion has been both a model for, and a forerunner of, the great wines of Bordeaux. Its history stretches back 5 centuries, and its renown is immense.

In 1533, Jean de Pontac bought the title to the domain of Haut-Brion, giving birth to a wine estate whose illustrious heritage would be preserved and promoted over the centuries by only four families. It is the Premier Cru associated the most with political and diplomatic history. Talleyrand, the Minister of Foreign Affairs under Napoléon I, was the owner of Haut-Brion at the beginning of the 19th century. He cleverly used his wines to serve his diplomacy, notably at the Congress of Vienna, where a new map of Europe was drawn up after the Napoleonic wars.

Today, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, a board member from the age of 18, is completely involved with Domaine Clarence Dillon. He manages Haut-Brion with passion and belongs to one of the oldest families to own a Premier Cru. His great grand-father Clarence Dillon, a New York banker, bought the property in 1935.

Haut-Brion devotes 49 hectares to red grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon 41%, Merlot 48%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Petit Verdot 1%) while 3 hectares are cultivated with white grape varieties (Semillon 52,6%, Sauvignon 47,4%).

Jean-Bernard Delmas, the talented wine-maker who ran the property before his son Jean-Philippe took over, designed a vat to refine the extraction of tannin without compromising the aromatique potential of the grapes. It looks as if the Delmas and the Dillon families have been working together throughout the generations.
“Here drank a sort of French wine, called Ho Bryan (sic), that hath a good and most peculiar taste that I have never met with.” Samuel Pepys, April 10, 1663. Jefferson and his ample knowledge of Bordeaux wines qualifies Haut-Brion a century later as “The very best Bourdeaux wine”.

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