Cru Classé des Graves
The terrain at Haut-Brion, formed of two large mounds of a type of gravel known as Günzian. This gravel consists of quartz, and it is these precious gems that help give Château Haut-Brion’s wines their distinctive character. This expansive elevated reach of gravelly terrain, bound at the north by the Le Peugue river and at the south by the Le Serpent, has been called Haut-Brion as far back as the early years of the fifteenth century, as evidenced by ancient maps and deeds dating from this period. Château Haut-Brion was conceived and laid out at the beginning of 1533 by Jean de Pontac, making it one of the oldest wine estates in Bordeaux.
The terroir is expressed in this wine through a unique signature with an empyreumatic bouquet (Havana cigars, chocolate, roasting, cedar wood and so on). The attack has the same restraint with precise, exceedingly soft tannins. But the power of these wines are revealed in the surprising long mid-palate and even longer finish.