Château Haut Brion

Bordeaux / France

 

Positioned in Pessac-Leognan this Château is truly drenched in history, even mentioned back as far as Samuel Pepys diaries.

The purchase of the Château by Clarence Dillon in 1935 was to be the start of a resurgence for the Château, more consistent wines. With family member Prince Robert of Luxumberg and guidance from other interests the Châteaux's reputation is a stronger now that in previous decades.

The vineyard is planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% CabFranc. The white wine is fantastic. This is also made from a part of the same vineyard which is 63% Semillon and 37% Sauvignon Blanc.

Although the production here is smaller than at the other First Growth Wines, typically around 20,000 cases, shared between the Grand Vin and a second wine, formerly called Bahans-Haut-Brion but changed in 2007 to Clarence de Haut-Brion in recognition of Clarence Dillon. Production of Haut Brion Blanc is less than 800 cases in a typical year.