Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux France
Through our relationship with Domaine Clarence Dillon, we have access to the wines of Chateau Haut-Brion, which has been owned by the Dillon family since 1935, directly from their cellars.
Chateau Haut-Brion needs no introduction with history dating back to 1660. In the famous 1855 classification, Chateau Haut-Brion was classed as one of only four Premier Grand Cru’s amongst the wines of the Gironde department, along with Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Margaux. The vineyards of Haut-Brion are planted with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
We have imported directly from Chateau Haut-Brion, in temperature controlled conditions, small quantities of the 2008 vintage, which was considered a very good year for Haut-Brion, although a more difficult year in general with a rainy and cool spring impeding vine growth. A relatively cold and slightly moist August slowed the ripening of grapes, meaning a later vintage than normal. Thanks to the quality of soil in the vineyard and the expertise and experience applied in the vineyard, Chateau Haut-Brion were able to produce a very good wine in 2008. (96 points – Robert Parker)
Winemaker: Jean-Philippe Masclef