Birth of a Grand Cru
Considered as the oldest vineyard of Bordeaux, the estate was born when Jean de Pontac bought the royal house of Haut-Brion in 1533. The Gascon geographic designation „Haut-Brion“ refers to the gravelly elevated terrain situated between the La Peugue and Le Serpent streams. It derived from the Celtic word “briga”, meaning hill or high place.
The red wine of Château Haut-Brion was already served King Charles II of England in 1660, making the winery the oldest luxury brand in the world. In this era, the winery already possessed modern cellar techniques and aging processes.
Château Haut-Brion red: Premier Cru Classé from Gironde in 1855
The heritage of the winery has been ensured over the centuries by four families. Under the direction of the Larrieu family, it was classified as one of the four Premiers Crus Classés (First Growth) in 1855, alongside Château Margaux, Lafite and Latour. In 1935, it was purchased by the American banker and admirer of French culture Clarence Dillon and is now run by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, his great-grandson.
Wine of a legend, Château Haut-Brion is famous above all for consistently offering the highest standards over centuries. Its quality is the result of passion and commitment of winemakers, who were able to secure the heritage of Haut-Brion.
A magnificent property
The vineyards of Château Haut-Brion are located in Pessac, southwest of Bordeaux. Thus it is the only one of the five Grand Cru Classé wineries not located in Médoc. Pessac belongs to the “Graves” wine region, characterized by its clayey sandy soil covered with pebbles. The winery cultivates over 51 hectares of vines, 48 hectares are covered with red grape varieties with a varietal proportion of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. Three hectares of vines are planted with the white grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
HAUT-BRION RED 2009
The purple-red hue suggests density, though aeration reveals deep and warm aromas of optimal maturity. This Pessac-Leognan offers a broad palate; it fills the mouth from the first sip to the finish. The fleshy and soft texture gets elegant by its evolving freshness. Tannins show maturity with a structure reminiscent of 1990 and 1989: undoubtedly the most beautiful vintage ever released by Chateau Haut-Brion.
HAUT-BRION RED 2010
Chateau Haut-Brion has a reputation for consistently delivering masterpieces. Parker originally gave the 2010 vintage a 98-100, and after retasting it this January, he rated the wine at a full 100 points. Parker called the wine “extraordinary” and “perfect.” Admiring its “incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, Haut-Brion 2010 will reach maturity from 2022-2065+”.Further details
HAUT-BRION RED 2011
The 2011 Château Haut-Brion is no exception in consistency of top quality wines. The 34.8% Merlot, 18.9% Cabernet Franc, and 46.3% Cabernet Sauvignon blend displays a gorgeous deep red color. The nose exudes intense black fruits combined with cocoa bean notes. The swirl reveals bursting complexity as well as typical Haut-Brion hints of smoky licorice. This 1er Cru from the Pessac-Leognan appellation offers an elegant mouthfeel which evolves into a stronger structure with well-coated tannins leading to superb length and lots of flavors in the finish. Parker appreciates that “the wine, despite all its power and richness, literally dances on the palate, as if it were a 90 pound ballerina”.Further details
HAUT-BRION RED 2012
In this special vintage Château Haut-Brion offers us a rare Merlot-dominated blending (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc). The nose is subtle, elegant, and very complex, with red fruit notes, blackberry, blackcurrant, but also licorice and barbecue smoke notes as well as flowers show up in the background. The first sip is a bit austere, though quickly reveals soft tannins for a mild texture, but also juicy and tasty. This Pessac-Leognan 1er Cru Classé carries beautiful length.Further details