The only property from outside the Médoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, Haut-Brion’s viticultural history can be traced back further than its Médoc First Growth counterparts. Samuel Pepys even mentions it in his diaries. Situated in what is now Pessac-Léognan, the property finds itself now in the suburbs of the ever-encroaching city of Bordeaux. After falling into a state of disrepair the estate was purchased in 1935 by Clarence Dillon, an American financier, since when it has enjoyed a steady and continual resurgence to a position of pre-eminence. Dillon’s great-grandson, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, now runs the estate.
Sweet sour nose of powerful red fruits at first, leaning towards plums. After a while, the nose is all prunes. Very rich and fruity in the mouth, with a still solid grip from the tannins. Some spice comes into play in a very long finish. Hedonistic pleasure.
Goose, duck, hare, rabbit or venison are great accompaniments, herby roasted aubergine and lamb work well too.