CHATEAU haut brion
BORDEAUX | FRANCE
Château Haut-Brion was the world's first luxury brand in 1521. Thanks to its long history as one of Bordeaux's most prestigious wines, the estate has left its mark on the region for centuries.
The vineyard is planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. A stunning white wine is also made, from a part of the vineyard which is 63% Semillon and 37% Sauvignon Blanc.
Jean-Bernard Delmas, the talented wine-maker who ran the property before his son Jean-Philippe took over, designed a vat to refine the extraction of tannin without compromising the aromatic potential of the grapes. It looks as if the Delmas and the Dillon families have been working together throughout the generations.
The first impression is of a certain discretion, a quality of those who are sure of themselves. Haut-Brion is bold, meaty, and full-flavored with a beautiful bouquet of caramelised black fruit jam and smoky notes. It is often recognized in tastings by a touch of cold coffee at the finish. Drinkable relatively quickly, it ages well, displaying remarkable longevity.