2012 Château Haut Brion
Of all the premier crus of Bordeaux, Haut-Brion is the greatest charmer, always elegant and refined and always in top condition, young or old. Haute Brion is the oldest and historically the most colorful winery in the Gironde - it was here in the 17th century that the first single-vineyard Bordeaux was made, first served in London coffee houses and praised by many leading writers. In 1935 the winery was purchased by Clarence Dillon, an American banker. He invested large sums in renovating the chai and the vineyard. In 1960, Haut-Brion became the first premier cru to replace wooden barrels with stainless steel tanks. In 1983, the Dillon family purchased the adjacent Château la Mission Haut-Brion. Haut-Brion is almost always the fastest-maturing and most accessible of the premier crus, but that casual, young charm is deceptive, because the wine ages beautifully.
The 2012 harvest was uneven, from bud break, which was disrupted by the cool, wet month of April, to véraison, which occurred over a long period of time. Fortunately, the months of July and August 2012 were ideal: warm and dry. This beautiful summer weather allowed us to do everything possible in the vineyard to make up for the bad spring weather. For two months the team worked closely to make the ripening as even as possible, and at véraison all green grapes were removed. The harvest for both red and white wines started under sunshine. 2012 is truly a beautiful vintage for precocious terroirs like this.
FACT : The wine is stored in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you pick up the wine you will often receive a nice discount. You will immediately see the possible discount if you choose Pickup in the Checkout page. We are almost next to the Rijksweg with plenty of parking. Click here for address.
Château Haut-Brion is located in the French municipality of Pessac, a few kilometers southwest of the city of Bordeaux. Haut-Brion is the oldest and historically the most colorful Gironde winery - it was here that the first Bordeaux was made from a single vineyard in the 17th century, first donated in London coffee houses and praised by many leading writers. In 1935, the winery was bought by Clarence Dillon, an American banker. He invested large sums in the renovation of the chai and the vineyard. In 1960, Haut-Brion became the first premier cru, replacing the wooden barrels with stainless steel tanks. In 1983, the Dillon family bought the adjacent Château la Mission Haut-Brion.
The vineyard covers an area of 51 hectares of which just over 48 hectares are planted with red grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) and just under 3 hectares are dedicated to white grape varieties (Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc).
|Type of Wine
|Château Haut Brion
|Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard