Château Haut-Brion is the least well known of Bordeaux's first growths and is the only château outside of the Haut-Médoc to be awarded growth status in the Bordeaux classification of 1855. Because of this, Haut-Brion rarely achieves a higher price than its contemporaries, and its intensely aromatic and concentrated wines are consistently viewed as some of the very best in the entire Bordeaux region.
Haut-Brion is the benchmark estate of the Péssac-Leognan (Graves' premiere sub-appellation), and is also a rarity amongst many Bordeaux growths in that it produces excellent red (Haut-Brion) and white (Haut-Brion Blanc) wine from 51 hectares hemmed in by the bustling, commercial suburb of Pessac.
Haut-Brion's red has a savoury richness and complexity on the palate that sets it above other Pessac reds, with greater intensity and depth of flavour than its neighbours. White Haut-Brion Blanc is right at the top of the white wine Bordeaux ladder every year.
Domaine Clarence Dillon owns Haut-Brion and is the 12th member of the Primum Familiae Vini, a group of family-owned producers that also includes wines from Mouton Rothschild, Beaucastel, Sassicaia and Pol Roger.