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 Château Haut-Brion

Château Haut-Brion

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Château Haut-Brion
135, avenue Jean Jaurès, 33608 Pessac Cedex
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Vineyard area:
45.90 ha
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The famous winery is located in the town of Pessac (Bordeaux suburb) in the Pessac-Léognan in Graves (Bordeaux). The origin goes back to Arnaud I. Pontac, who in 1496 as an exporter of wine from the Bordeaux vineyards and made a fortune. His son, Jean de Pontac (1488-1589), built in 1550 the north wing of the present Château. In 1525 he married Jeanne de Bellon who brought as her dowry a portion of the estate Haut-Brion in the marriage. His only sister married Marie Arnaud de Lestonnac a way, the 1540 the neighboring Château La Mission Haut-Brion explained. From the three marriages of Jean Pontac (the last 76 years he went with a) fifteen children were born. In the next two generations of Pontac, there is nothing worth mentioning about wine. By Arnaud III. de Pontac (1599-1682) began Haut-Brion to be known in England. He recognized the importance of the UK market and is considered the founder of the Chateau wines, because he was the first in Bordeaux, a wine under the name of the winery as "Haut-Brion" marketed.

Another marketing pioneer, he was the second of his other qualities, possessions under the surname "Pontac" sold, which was sort of the birth of the second wine . In addition, he leads a new vinification techniques. Is assumed that he was working with much longer maceration times, for the Haut-Brion wines at that time were described as much darker than other Bordeaux wines. He also introduced the expansion into new oak barrels. The famous Samuel Pepys, Samuel (1633-1703) described the wine in 1663 in his diary: "I have just tried a French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic), which has the best and most unusual flavor that I have ever met" . He was also very popular at the English court, in the basement recordings of Charles II (1630-1685) the royal guests are served "169 bottles of Hobriono" mentioned.

Arnaud Pontac sent in 1666 his son, François Auguste Pontac (1636-1694) to London, who founded the Order in his later famous tavern "Pontack's Head" after the Old Bailey (criminal court). The target audience was the wealthy, aristocratic society, there could be just as fine food, the delicious wines of Chateau Haut-Brion enjoy. That was in his way at that time unusual place a resounding success and more than 100 years in operation. After the death of François-Auguste inherited his sister Thérèse two-thirds of the estate. The remaining third went into the possession of Louis Arnaud Lecomte, a nephew of François-Auguste. Thérèse also inherited the Château de Pez in Saint-Estephe. In 1654 she married Jean-Denis d'Aulède de Lestonnac, the owner of was.

Her son, Marquis Francois d'Dolphin Aulède de Lestonnac (+1746) administered simultaneously Margaux and Haut-Brion. The heiress was his sister Catherine d'Aulède de Lestonnac, since 1688, widow of Count François-Joseph de Fumel. Her great-nephew of Joseph de Fumel (1720-1794) carried out extensive beautification work at the Château, and added an orangery, a service building and a large park. In the turmoil of the French Revolution the property was expropriated and Joseph de Fumel lost in 1794 next to his property "because of international activities" and also his head under the guillotine. In 1801 the estate was the famous statesman Charles Maurice (1754-1838) purchased, at that time Foreign Minister Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). He used the prestigious property for diplomatic purposes, the estate sold it back already after three years. In the period 1804 to 1836 it belonged to a banker and later a wine merchant. Finally, it was in 1836 at a public sale in the possession of the Paris bankers Joseph-Eugène Larrieu (1777-1856).

The new owner has played an important role in the development, because it consolidated and enlarged the estate. He earned third of that in 1841, which had been removed in the course of inheritance 1694th Him above all the merit is ascribed to it in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855 was classified as "Premier Cru". It remained until 1923, then in possession of the family Larrieu was then a bank and then one André Gibert, until finally in 1935 by Clarence Douglas Dillon (1909-2003), the U.S. Ambassador in Paris and later Treasury Secretary under President John F. . Kennedy (1917-1963), was purchased. His son, acquired in 1983, the exact opposite Château La Mission Haut-Brion , and the two also located adjacent wineries Château La Tour Haut-Brion and Château Laville-Haut-Brion . Since 1979, the family's empire "Domaine Clarence Dillon" was directed by his daughter, Joan Dillon, a Duchesse de Mouchy. Her successor is since the year 2001, their son, Prince Robert of Luxembourg. The estate is run by the family, however, Delmas, Jean-Philippe Delmas, currently in its third generation already.

In the 1960 Chateau Haut-Brion was the first winery in Bordeaux, the stainless steel fermentation tanks used. You put very much emphasis on the selection and propagation of the best vines. It is then set to diversity in the Rebbe as there are about 400 different clones. The vineyard area totals 46 hectares of vineyards, the vines are on average 40 years old. The floor consists of a nine-meter-deep gravel base, which gives the wine its distinctive character. Of these, the vast majority, namely 43 hectares planted with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Merlot (37%) and Cabernet Franc (18%). The red wine is made of stainless steel of the house ferments quickly and relatively warm. It is then aged for 18 to 24 months in 100% new oak barrels. The extremely long-lived wine is stored for many decades. The British wine writer Hugh Johnson Hugh describes the 1899er Imperial: "The most fascinating Bordeaux I have ever come up with the tongue." Unmistakably, the bottle shape of the house is, compared to a standard Bordeaux bottle , the bottles are tapered (upward slightly thicker).

The special position of the extraordinary Château Haut-Brion shown by the fact that it is not the only one in the 61 range in 1855 classified Chateaux Medoc lies. During the year 1959, the area classification for Graves of red wine on the list of "Grands Crus-list" is also included. It is a very special Anedokte five bottles of the legendary vintage 1811er (see details there). Particularly outstanding Year of modern times are 1971, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000. The year 1970 was at the legendary Paris Wine Tasting in 1976 there. The very special and unique for connoisseurs Haut-Brion-style described as "perfect harmony and elegance with excellent fruity and earthy flavors." Despite the longevity of the wine is ready to eat relatively early. The tannins disappear after a few years more quickly than other Bordeaux wines, and it formed a creamy note with shades of plum, currant and tobacco. The second wine is called "Bahans Château Haut-Brion." Three hectares are planted with white varieties Semillon (63%) and Sauvignon Blanc (37%). The durable white wine ages well in a 100% new oak barrels.

The wines

1988, Pessac-Leognan AOC, Premier Grand Cru Classé
Red wine, Bordeaux, Château Haut-Brion
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#HB-88, 0.75l, 0%, -, Barrique

1989, Pessac-Leognan AOC, Premier Grand Cru Classé
Red wine, Bordeaux, Château Haut-Brion
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#HB-89, 0.75l, 13%, -, Barrique

1994, Pessac-Leognan AOC, Premier Grand Cru Classé
Red wine, Bordeaux, Château Haut-Brion
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#HB-94, 0.75l, 12.5%, -, Barrique

1986, Pessac-Leognan AOC, Premier Grand Cru Classé
Red wine, Bordeaux, Château Haut-Brion
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#HB-86, 0.75l, 12.5%, -, Barrique

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