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Chateau Haut Brion
Chateau Haut Brion
Location: Chateau Haut Brion is located in Pessac, Graves just one mile from the city of Bordeaux. (Appellation Graves Controlée).  109 acres producing 12,000-15,000 cases.
Classification: First Growth. The only non-Medoc estate to be included in the famous 1855 classification.
Grape variety: Chateau Haut-Brion is planted with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Average age of vines is 30 years.

History: The only first-growth to be American owned and Bordeaux's first internationally acclaimed winemaking estate. Chateau Haut Brion dates back to 1525 when Jean de Pontac married Jeanne de Bellon who brought to him in her dowry the land of Haut Brion. Illustrious owners have marked Haut Brion for more than four centuries: admirals, an archbishop, a Grand Marshal of France, a Governor of Guyenne, three mayors of Bordeaux, Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (at the time he was Minister of Relations for the Consulate) and more recently the Ambassador of the United States in Paris, Clarence Douglas Dillon, who was also Minister of Finance in the U.S. when J.F. Kennedy was president.  Today, the Duchess de Mouchy, granddaughter of Clarence Dillon, is chairperson of the public limited company of "Domaine Clarence Dillon".  In the 1960's, Haut Brion was the first of the great growths to innovate with new stainless steel fermentation vats.

Vinification and aging: The Grand Vin at Chateau Haut-Brion is fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in new oak barrels for 24-27 months. Clarified with six egg whites per barrel. The winemaking is managed by Jean Delmas, who believes in a controlled but rather hot, short fermentation.
Style: A complex bouquet of ripe fruit, tobacco and mineral, earthy scents. Rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied and well structured. A wine that seems to balance power and elegance, richness and harmony perfectly.
Food: An excellent complement to beef, lamb, veal and game.
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BP 24 - 133 Avenue Jean Jaures
33600 Pessac Cedex, France
Phone: 33-5-56-002-930
Fax: 33-5-56-987-514
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