The only one of the five first growths outside of the Médoc, Château Haut-Brion lies in the Pessac-Léognan region slightly further south, and is surrounded by the suburbs of Pessac. The urban, rather than rural location is somewhat rare for a property of this status (though research shows this results in higher temperatures, which aid vine growth) and accounts for its smaller size, though there are still 51 hectares under vine. Haut-Brion is one of the oldest wine estates in Bordeaux, and probably the first to make wine under its own name, with winemaking underway around 100 years before its first growth peers. It has really only been owned by four major families, each of which made its own impact and contributed to the property’s high repute.
A great Haut Brion. Brooding power, this is a very aristocratic wine. The nose is exciting with notes of clove and sage finely woven into the dark ripe cassis fruit aromas. There as an explosive intensity of black fruits on the palate, tobacco, gun smoke and leather with concentrated liquorice traits too. The finish is long with toasted oak providing extra depth of flavour.