A sensational nose of ripe tropical fruit from this outstanding white, with peaches, lime, mango and papaya, backed by cinnamon, pepper and good mineral freshness. Rich on the palate with an almost oily texture, this sports considerable body but great energy and tension of acidity that balances the weight brilliantly. A grippy, thrilling and clean finish with hints of chalky/flinty minerals. 2007 was another very early harvest for the whites at Haut-Brion, taking place between August 28th and September 11th. Production is even lower than usual, with less than 500 cases somehow to be distributed between the many lovers of this exceptional wine. A blend of 45% Semillon and 55% Sauvignon Blanc.
Haut Brion has arguably been the most consistent First Growth over the past thirty years. The property can be traced back to the 14th century although the current owners can track their lineage back to 1935, when the American financier, Clarence Dillon bought the rather beleaguered estate. Now, Clarence Dillon’s great grandson, Prince Robert of Luxembourg presides. The other name synonymous with Haut Brion is that of the Delmas family. Three generations have made Haut Brion their life’s work, George (1921-1960), Jean Bernard (1960-2003) and Jean-Philippe (2003-to present).
Situated upon two gravel croupes, this exceptional terroir in the suburbs of Bordeaux benefits from the heat of the surrounding buildings, which enables the vines to achieve perfect ripeness in even the most challenging vintages. Due to the extra warmth, harvest dates are usually amongst the earliest in Bordeaux. The vineyards are planted with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc for the reds and Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for the whites. Aside from the Grand vins, the estate produces a second red wine, Clarence de Haut Brion, previously called Bahans de Haut Brion and a second white wine, Clarté de Haut Brion, previously named Plantiers de Haut Brion.