Château Haut-Brion, an Exceptional Estate

Prince Robert of Luxembourg is doing us the great honour of allowing Montréal Passion Vin to present the finest Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru that he acquired in 1935: Château Haut-Brion.

The aristocratic weight of the wines produced at the most famous château in the Graves commune still qualifies Haut-Brion as the father of all crus. Founded in 1525 by Jean de Pontac, the Château Haut-Brion winemaking estate is one of the oldest vineyards in Bordeaux.

Not only was Haut-Brion famous at the English court of King Charles II, known as the “Merry Monarch”, in the1660s, it was the inspiration for the notion of “cru” and for the famous 1855 Classification of Grands Crus Classés. In fact, Château Haut-Brion is the only one, outside of the Médoc, to share the rare distinction of Premier Grand Cru Classé.

Under the tutelage of the Delmas family since 1923, Haut-Brion has enjoyed a long series of brilliant successes. Its style, sometimes described as “Burgundian”, compared to other Premiers Grands Crus Classés, make it an exceptional wine with an aging potential that never ceases to impress. Its singular qualities stem namely from its vines, comprised largely of Merlot, and from its particular geographic location.

Thanks to its meticulously preserved architecture, Château Haut-Brion is one of the most beautiful châteaux in Bordeaux. Encompassed within the city of Pessac, its terroir produces one of the earliest harvests in the region. The Château also produces a small quantity of a very fine dry white wine using Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

Once again this year, Bordeaux lovers will be delighted!


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