Everything you need to know about Château Haut Brion
A bit of history
Probably one of the oldest properties from Bordeaux producing high quality wine
The history of Haut-Brion goes back to 1533, the forerunner of the principle of exporting wines abroad. It is also thanks to Haut-Brion and the Pontac that English people marveled at the wines of Bordeaux and more particularly of the Graves region.
Following the 1855 classification of all Bordeaux wines, Château Haut-Brion benefits from the Pessac-Léognan "Premier grand cru classé” appellation. This is not its only distinction. It is also classified among the "Crus Classés des Graves".
Haut-Brion is the only premier cru owned by American people. Acquired by the Dillon family when it was in very poor condition in 1935, the Haut-Brion estate has never stopped shining since.
The Château was built by Jean de Pontac in 1945. Located in Bordeaux, in the municipality of Pessac, this property remains to this day the fruit of many centuries of commitment, innovation and expenditure by several wine-producing families.
The reputation of the Graves vineyard is well established since it is a gravelly soil with a subsoil that is both clayey and sandy. This is ideal for the production of grapes.
This château not only remain mythical, but the wine that comes out of it is also a legendary top quality product. It has become one of the best nobility wines of all time.
According to Robert Parker, Haut-Brion is: "the premier cru classé that produces the most elegant and aromatically complex wine in the world".
When tasting Château Haut Brion, you will find an exceptional and unique flavour that will awaken all the sensations of a wine lover.
The aromatic richness of this wine is immeasurable. It will make you live the present moment with the magic of a great wine.
Note that this wine is not the only red wine produced by Château Haut Brion. Indeed, the Château also produces a second red wine that was known as Château Bahans Haut-Brion which became the famous Clarence de Haut-Brion.
The Haut-Brion white wine seems to be the best of all the Pessac-Léognan wines. Close to the opulence of the best Montrachet, it is however extremely intense, mineral and smoky.
At the request of the Dillon family, this wine has never been classified because of the small quantities produced.
→ Grape varieties:
- Red: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc.
- White: 63% Semillon, 37% Sauvignon Blanc.
→ Average age of the vines: 36 years for the red and 27 years for the white.
→ Maturity: - Within 10 to 40 years depending on the vintage, for the red wines.
- Within 5 to 30 years depending on the vintage, for the white wines.