Chateau Haut-Brion

Chateau Haut-Brion

Chateau Haut-Brion

Ahhh, Chateau Haut-Brion. I had never tried a bottle before and normally, this stuff is way out of my price range. However, my good friend John had organised a tasting for me while we were in the area. The man is a star as this Chateau has been on my list to visit for quite a while. With John driving and a group of chums with me, off we went.

Chateau Haut-Brion

Entrance Hall at Chateau Haut-Brion

Firstly, for those not familiar with the Bordeaux region, it may come as a surprise to find the Chateau in a built up area. Of course, when the Chateau was initially built in 1549 it served as a country retreat as it was then half a league away from Bordeaux. As Bordeaux has expanded in the last nearly 500 years the Chateau is now surrounded by houses, just like Chateau Pape Clement.

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Vines growing in the Gravelly Terraces – outstanding Terroir

Chateau Haut-Brion has had many notable owners over the years including Talleyrand, Napoleon’s minister of foreign affairs. It is now owned by Prince Robert of Luxembourg.

 

Chateau Haut-Brion

Nearly Time to Harvest

My visit, in late August 2017 found the grapes nearly ready to harvest. Charlotte, our knowledgeable guide informed us that harvesting would be beginning in 7 – 10 days.

The vats already to go!

Haut-Brion’s cellars are a beautiful sight.  Particularly striking is the edge of the barrels. The addition of the grip to aid in moving the barrels was not something I have seen before.

 

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Barrels in the Haut-Brion Cellar

 

Tasting at Haut-Brion

As you know, I never do tasting notes as I believe taste is so subjective. What I will say is that 2011 Chateau Haut-Brion is a truly excellent wine. Subtle flavours, good balance and good colour add up to make this wine stunning.

 Chateau Haut-Brion

 

 

Tasting happens in a delightful room over looking a beautiful courtyard garden.

 

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Tasting at Chateau Haut-Brion

 

 

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The courtyard garden at Haut-Brion

I found Haut-Brion to be a charming historic vineyard. With this in mind, it is well worth an hour of your time to have a look round.  Furthermore, we popped into the local supermarket to pick up some lunch on our way home and found a bottle for sale. As to whether you would wish to buy a bottle, I’ll leave that entirely up to you!

Yes, you read that right. 500 Euros a bottle….

A Bears Eye View

  • Website is here
  • Tasting by appointment only
  • Location is here
  • Historic Chateau and Grounds

 

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