Chateau Haut Brion is the unique Graves wine that is listed on the Medoc classification. It is listed as a Premier Grand Cru Classe, according to the classification of 1855, and as a Pessac Leognan First Great Classed Growth (Grave Classification of 1959). The Dillon Family has owned it since 1935. Haut Brion is located in Pessac, a city in the outskirts of Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Garonne. The vineyard covers 52 hectares of 35-year-old vines (including 3 Ha of white grape varieties), and produces 4 red grape varieties (45% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot) and 2 white grape varieties (53% Semillon, 47% Sauvignon) that grow on gravel and sandy-clay soils.
Domaine Haut Brion produces 2 red wine cuvees : "Le Grand Vin de Haut Brion" (first wine), and "Le Clarence de Haut Brion" (their second wine, that should be kept in the cellar from 5 to 12 years) which used to be called: "Chateau Bahans Haut Brion". Haut Brion also produces 2 white wines: "Haut Brion Blanc" which is the rarest and the most sought-after Bordeaux white wine, as this wine is renowned all over the world thanks to its exceptional quality (it could be compared to the amplitude of a Montrachet from Burgundy) and its rarity. Finally, "La Clarte de Haut Brion" (second white wine), replaced "Les Plantiers de Haut Brion" in 2009, and is a wine that can be enjoyed in its youth.
Of truly exceptional quality, the great Haut Brion (both white and red) is above all other wines from this designation. It's greatly complex, with rare aromatic elegance, but it needs to be kept in the cellar from 10 to 15 years, so that it can display all of its magnificent and incomparable aromas. It could even improve over 30 years, and even more. In its best vintages, Haut Brion is one of the best, and has already received the best tasting note score of 100 from renowned critic Robert Parker in 2009, 2005, 1989 (red and white), 1961, and 1945. Hait Brion estate is so renowned in the luxury wine area that prices keep being driven up. For that matter, wine lovers could therefore focus on second wines, that are still of great quality, which would allow them to have a taste of the Haut Brion wine world. Good to know: Chateau Haut Brion old vintages are often less expensive that the more recent ones. So, if you want to offer a great vintage for a birthday, or if you simply want to treat yourself, maybe an old vintage, which is ready to be sipped, could be the best solution.
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