Chateau Haut-Brion 1er Grand Cru 2006 (1 x 750mL), Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Description:

Château Haut-Brion is one the five first Growths of the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. First established in 1533, it is owned today by Prince Robert of Luxembourg. A wine of class and breed, Château Haut-Brion is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. Typically more approachable in its youth, showing floral perfume and elegance, yet possesses the structure required for exceptional longevity.

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Château Haut-Brion is one the five first Growths of the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. First established in 1533, it is owned today by Prince Robert of Luxembourg. A wine of class and breed, Château Haut-Brion is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. Typically more approachable in its youth, showing floral perfume and elegance, yet possesses the structure required for exceptional longevity.

Region:
FRA - Bordeaux
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

96 Points. Robert Advocate - Wine Advocate. January 2006

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum scents, hints of leather and sage tucked just underneath. This is a bouquet determined to make an impression! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy, truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This seems to have the upper-hand over the La Mission and probably has a longer future. A thoroughbred from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team. Tasted January 2016.

Medals & Trophies

Le Guide Hachette des Vins, 2010: 3 Stars Coup de coeur

Winery Profile

The most famous property in the Graves district in Bordeaux producing both red and white wines, today, after years of fierce competition, run in tandem with Ch La Mission Haut-Brion. Haut-Brion has a special reputation as the first of the wines which were designated premiers crus in the famous 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines to be mentioned in extant records. The cellar records of the English King Charles II mention no fewer than 169 bottles of the 'wine of Hobriono' [sic] served to guests of the royal table. The wine was praised by Samuel Pepys. The London diarist recorded for 10 April 1663 that he 'drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryen that hath a good and most particular taste I never met with'. Thomas Jefferson also praised it on his visit to Bordeaux in 1787 as American minister in France. The property was then owned by the Pontac family, very rich members of the noblesse de la robe, and prominent in the Parlement of Bordeaux. But when in 1694 François-Auguste de Pontac died childless, the estate was divided between two of his family, and the two parts were not reunited until 1840, by the latest of a number of owners, Eugène Larrieu, whose family held it until after the First World War. After a further series of not very successful owners in a very difficult time, the château was bought in 1935 by Mr Clarence Dillon, an American banker. Today the property is run by his grandson Prince Robert of Luxembourg with his mother, the Duchess de Mouchy. In 2004, Jean-Philippe Delmas became estate manager when his innovative father, Jean-Bernard, retired.

Partly, no doubt, owing to its historic reputation, Haut-Brion was the only non-Médoc to be included in the famous 1855 classification of the wines of Bordeaux. Enclosed in the Bordeaux suburb of Pessac, the château building dates from the 16th century, and the 45 ha/111 acres of vineyards are composed of 45 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon vines, 18 per cent Cabernet Franc, and 37 per cent Merlot. Average production is 13,000 cases, including a second wine, Ch Bahans Haut-Brion, since 1976 sold with a vintage date and rechristened Le Clarence de Haut-Brion in 2007 in honour of Clarence Dillon. About eight tonneaux a year of the property's rare dry white wine, Haut-Brion Blanc, is made from about 63 per cent Sémillon and 37 per cent Sauvignon Blanc vines planted on 2.7 ha.

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Other Information

  • 2006 vintage
  • 1 x 750mL unit
  • FRA - Bordeaux, Imported
  • Cork closure
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