The 2014 Haut Brion Blanc has a very pure bouquet with scents of peach skin, Cornice pear and those resinous/candle wax aromas that I remarked upon during en primeur. This has more sophistication than the La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, a little more tension. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth entry, perfect acidity, wonderful tension and energy. Notes of orange pith, a squeeze of lime, flint and smoke are conveyed on the finish that demonstrates outstanding persistence. This is a great Haut Brion Blanc, but it will require a decade in the bottle before it will show what it can really do
Château Haut Brion is situated in the suburbs of the city of Bordeaux, in the Pessac-Léognan commune. Rated as a First Growth, it has one of the smallest productions however this Château has a rich history even getting a mention in Samuel Pepys’ diary in 1663 "drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryen that hath a good and most particular taste I never met with". After many years of unsuccessful owners and the Château falling into ruin, Château Haut Brion’s luck changed when it was bought by American financier, Clarence Dillon, in 1935. Today, his great-grandson Prince Robert of Luxembourg runs the estate with much of its success owing to the winemaking Delmas family, in particular George Delmas (former manager of Cos d'Estournel) who have passed on their knowledge and skills over the generations. The château’s second wine is Clarence de Haut-Brion. (Prior to 2007 it was called Bahans-Haut-Brion but the name changed in recognition of Clarence Dillon).
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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