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Château Haut Brion

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  • 100 Points - The Wine Advocate

    "The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine’s finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that’s only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts – alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential." - Robert Parker

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    • Château Haut Brion

      Château Haut Brion

      Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

      One of the longest and most illustrious histories of all of Bordeaux’s great wines, Haut-Brion can lay serious claim to being the world’s first luxury brand.

      The property derives its name from an ancient Celtic term “Briga.” Loosely translated, this means a rise or mound in the land.

      “And there drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryan (sic), that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with…”Samuel Pepys, 10th April 1663

      From Pepys and John Locke to Charles II and Thomas Jefferson, Haut Brion has been just as celebrated as the people who enjoyed and wrote about it.

      The only estate classified for the 1855 Grand Exposition in Paris from outside the Médoc, it was no surprise that Haut Brion was ranked Premier Grand Cru Classé – the best of the best. With its distinctive embossed bottle and sophisticated label, Haut Brion is truly one of the greatest wines in the world.

      The estate is currently owned by Prince Robert of Luxembourg following the marriage of Joan Dillon of the American Dillon family into the Luxemburg Royal Family. The winemaking has been in the hands of the Delmas family for three generations, and Jean-Philippe Delmas, the current winemaker, has amply filled his father Jean Bernard’s celebrated shoes. Often regarded as the wine aficionado’s great Bordeaux château (and certainly a favourite of Robert Parker) the wines epitomise power with elegance, structure with suppleness.