Premier Grand Cru Classe (first growth) since 1855
Domaine Clarence Dillon SAS
Vineyard Area Planted
48.35 hectares (119 acres)
45% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon,
10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
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Chateau Haut-Brion is situated in what are now the south-western suburbs of Bordeaux, and has one of the longest track records of any Bordeaux wine estate in shipping its wines to the English market. King Charles II's cellar book from the period of his restoration to the throne in 1660 following the English civil war refers to the purchase of the wine, while the century's most famous diarist Samuel Pepys is also on record as having enjoyed a glass of it in a London tavern.
It was included as a first growth in the Medoc classification of 1855 for the Paris Universal Exhibition, even though geographically it lay well to the south of the main Medoc vineyard area.
The estate was acquired by U.S. banker Clarence Dillon in the 1930s and is now owned by Domaine Clarence Dillon SAS under the stewardship of his descendant Prince Robert of Luxembourg.
The Domaine also owns neighboring Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion as well as the newly created Chateau Quintus in Saint Emilion. Haut-Brion is as noted for its white wines as its reds, and prices for rarer vintages of the whites frequently exceed those for the red wines.
Haut-Brion's standout red wine over the past 30 years was its 1989 vintage, as reflected in its consistently high auction prices.
On the southwestern edge of the city of Bordeaux, inside the Rocade.
Haut Brion also makes a white wine, Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc, from 2.87 hectares (7 acres) of vineyard planted with 53% Semillon and 47% Sauvignon Blanc.
18-22 months in 80% new oak casks
Le Clarence de Haut-Brion (since 2007)
Prior to that year, the second wine was Chateau Bahans Haut-Brion
Prices are from London-based merchant Fine+Rare, in pounds per 12 bottles in bond, unless otherwise indicated. They may also be drawn from surveying websites of the following merchants and brokers, or market comparison websites. If so, the source is indicated.
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BON Bonham's Auctions
CHR Christie's Auctions
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