Château Haut Brion 2000 x 6, 1er Cru Graves
Château Haut Brion
|Producer||Château Haut Brion|
|Drinking||2010 - 2040|
About the Producer
Bought by Jean de Pontac in 1533 and passing through 4 different families before its purchase in 1935 by the American financier Clarence Dillon, Haut Brion has had one of the most colourful and...Read More
Bought by Jean de Pontac in 1533 and passing through 4 different families before its purchase in 1935 by the American financier Clarence Dillon, Haut Brion has had one of the most colourful and celebrated histories of any château.
Prince Robert of Luxembourg and his mother the Duchesse de Mouchy, president of Domaine Clarence Dillon, must be proud that 75 years later the family is still very much involved. 3rd generation Jean Philippe Delmas is in charge of the wine making, ably assisted in continuing the excellence of Haut Brion by Jean-Philippe Masclef as maître de chai, and Pascal Baratié the vineyard manager.
Haut Brion and its sister property, La Mission Haut Brion which was acquired by the Dillon family in 1983 and is situated opposite the main estate, are almost entirely surrounded by the suburbs of Bordeaux. The vineyards are only 5km southwest of the centre of the city and it is a credit to the property that it has managed to continue unaffected by the encroaching urban sprawl.
In recent years some of the wines have been renamed, with Bahans Haut Brion becoming Le Clarence de Haut Brion in recognition of Clarence Dillon and his family; the white La Clarté de Haut Brion was formerly Les Plantiers and Laville Haut Brion has reverted back to its original name La Mission Haut Brion Blanc.
The greatest vineyards have of course proved that they will produce great wine whatever the conditions. In a region as renowned and celebrated for its rich history as Bordeaux, twenty years is a mere blink of the eye. However, the changes over the last two decades have been profound. Vineyards have changed hands, new winemaking techniques have come and gone and of course the worldwide interest in the very greatest wines has gone into overdrive.
Fashions have seen the rise and fall of the garagistes and the influence of the consultant winemaker. However, for all of these human elements, the 1855 classification remains unchanged and, whether it has been the torrid heat of 2003, the gloom of 2007 or the glory of 2005, the greatest vineyards have proved that they produce great wine whatever the conditions.
In the next twenty years, we will undoubtedly see further pressure on supply at the top with prices continuing to stretch credulity. But what of the hundreds of smaller producers, who have struggled so badly in recent times? Theirs is not the good fortune of great terroir and in a fast moving world, it is here that reform is needed most strongly. The EU wine lake has been emptied and the bad practices that it encouraged are happily draining away too. For the consumer, the result must be the guarantee of ever greater quality because whatever the level of classification, if Bordeaux wants to maintain its position as the number one wine region in the world, quality must be at the centre of its plans.