Chateau Haut-Brion

Chateau Haut-Brion

The only property from outside the Médoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, Haut-Brion’s viticultural history can be traced back further than its Médoc First Growth counterparts.  Samuel Pepys even mentions it in his diaries.  Situated in what is now Pessac-Léognan, the property finds itself now in the suburbs of the ever-encroaching city of Bordeaux

After falling into a state of disrepair the estate was purchased in 1935 by Clarence Dillon, an American financier, since when it has enjoyed a steady and continual resurgence to a position of pre-eminence.  Dillon’s great-grandson, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, now runs the estate, but a key influence in the reputation which Haut-Brion enjoys today is the Delmas family.  George Delmas was manager and wine-maker until 1960, when his son Jean-Bernard took over. Jean- Bernard was a visionary figure, responsible for a number of important innovations, and on his retirement in 2003 his son Jean-Philippe took over as Directeur Générale.

The vineyard is planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. A stunning white wine is also made, from a part of the vineyard which is 63% Semillon and 37% Sauvignon Blanc. Production is smaller than at the other First Growth Wines, totalling about 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 minute, less than 800 cases in most years. 

Beginning with the 2009 vintage a new white wine was introduced in the place of Clarence: La Clarté de Haut-Brion, the offspring of Domaine Clarence Dillon's two prestigious white wines: Château Haut-Brion Blanc and Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc.

Fermentation of the red wines takes place in stainless steel vats, after which the wine will spend 22 months, sometimes more, in new oak barrels before being bottled unfiltered.  For the white wine fermentation takes place in new oak barrels, after which the wine spends a further year to 15 months on its lees in barrel before bottling.  The white wine is truly sensational, equivalent in class to a top-flight White Burgundy Grand Cru, but its scarcity means that it is rarely seen.

The red wine is no less extraordinary; at its best it displays text-book Graves characteristics of cigar-box, curranty fruit, earth, smoky spice and cassis. The high Merlot content, compared to the Médoc First Growths, gives it a voluptuous edge, but does not in any way detract from its ability to age.

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2017 Clarté de Haut Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
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2017
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2015 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2015
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1998 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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1998
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2013 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2013
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2012 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2012
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2012 Clarté de Haut Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
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2012
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2012 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2012
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2014 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2014
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2014 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2014
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2011 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2011
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2011 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2011
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2005 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2005
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2004 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2004
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2009 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2009
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2013 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2013
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2009 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2009
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2018 Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2018
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2018 La Clarté de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2018
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2018 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
Red
2018
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2010 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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2010
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2003 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2003
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2006 Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2006
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1996 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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1996
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1995 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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1995
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1999 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
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1999
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1988 Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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1988
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2019 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
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2019
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