Chateau Haut-Brion

Overview

Appellation

Pessac-Leognan

 

Classification

Premier Grand Cru Classe (first growth) since 1855

Owner

Domaine Clarence Dillon SAS

Vineyard Area Planted

48.35 hectares (119 acres) 

Planted Grapes
45% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon,

10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

Contact

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. 

Vintages

Vineyard

Location

On the southwestern edge of the city of Bordeaux, inside the Rocade.

White Wine

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.

Winery

Maturation

18-22 months in 80% new oak casks

Second Wine

Le Clarence de Haut-Brion (since 2007)
Prior to that year, the second wine was Chateau Bahans Haut-Brion
 

Vintage Prices

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. 


AFW        Atlas Fine Wines                             www.atlasfinewines.com
BIX          BI                                                       www.biwine.com
BIL          BI LiveTrade                                     www.biwine.com
BON        Bonham's Auctions                         www.bonhams.com
CHR        Christie's Auctions                          www.christies.com 
FVN        Farr Vintners                                    www.farrvintners.com
FRW       Fine + Rare Wines                            www.frw.co.uk
J&B         Justerini & Brooks                            www.justerinis.com
SOB        Sotheby's Auctions                           www.sothebys.com

WOS       Wine Owners                                     www.wineowners.com
WSC       Wine Searcher                                  www.winesearcher.com
     
While every effort is made to check the accuracy of prices and quantities quoted, they are subject to change on a daily basis and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Prices are intended as reference only and should be cross-checked against original source websites.