Chateau Haut Brion

Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the great stewardship of the Pontac family the wine's reputation was for years represented by the name of this enlightened and well respected family-- Pontac wine. Eventually as its renown grew, the name of the Estate came to replace that of its owners. The notion of a Great Growth was born! We find the first written mention of the wine in the Diaries of Samuel Pepys. While visiting the Royal Oak Tavern in London on April 10, 1663 Pepys wrote "There I drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which hath a good and most particular taste which I never before encountered....." – Description from Dragac

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    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Cabernet Franc

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  • Lenoir Grape

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  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Chateau Clarendelle Rose Bordeaux 2012

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    ANSWER TO A SOMMELIER'S PRAYER !When Clarence Dillon bid for the best venerable Bordeaux wine fields "by the river" that the town of Bordeaux had turned down as a gift in 1934 because the "upkeep was too costly", and astutely closed the deal to his family's lasting advantage in 1935, he renamed the vignoble Chateau Haut-Brion, a tongue-in-cheek... Read More

    Wine review by Yossel


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their absolute drinking prime. Wish the shop was just down the street from me, rather than the ones that are. But then I'd have to live in NYC.  ;-(I love it when a guy drops 100 cases on a shop, just to 'make some space" in his cellar. Wonder what's going to be filling th... Read More

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  • Freemark Abbey was actually quite good back in the late '60s, all through the '70s and into the '80s. They were even included in the 1976 Judgment of Paris where they took 10th place, amongst some very heavyweight competition. Will post those results, fully expecting the formatting to go awry... ;-( For the reds, then the whites:RankGradeWineVin... Read More

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  • La Mission Haut Brion Premier 2005

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    Smoky and a bit twiggy and stoney on the nose with red fruit and rust. This is curiously a touch sweet almost on entry the this turns firm and a bit mean for a moment before showing the ripe fruit of the nose again, vacillates between ripe fruit and fairly aggressive mineral notes, and while this is a touch lacking in substance it does promise t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • My dream wine? It's my birth year wine. '61 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion or maybe a Palmer or a LaTour Grand Vin. I know, dream on! Read More

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  • There are many wines I'd like to buy if money weren't an issue. Here's one of them:2010 Beaucastel Hommage a Perrin - Made from 70% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, Grenache, and Counoise. 500 cases produced. Some IWC text: Bright ruby. A drop-dead, room-filling bouquet evokes black raspberry liqueur, incense, anise and lavender, with smoke and herb overto... Read More

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  •    I just posted almost all of my notes on Bordeaux 2012 on my ... upset because he said that Chateau Haut Brion 1943 is probably the best Bordeaux from that vintage that he has ever had.  But, yes, things could get better. Wine number three started out subtle and quite soft but firmed up in glass to become the best of the flight... Very elega... Read More

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  • I am a new wine lover. A year or two ago I was having troubles staying away from 'the sauce'.  It wasn't alcoholism, per se, but it was getting to the point where I was spending much of my money and getting very little done. So, being that I am working in a fine dining restaurant, Carnevor Steakhouse in Milwaukee, WI, I decided to begin studying... Read More

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  • Chateau Haut Brion Blanc Premier 2006

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • All my scotch friends have special "end of the world" bottles. I suspect that many of us do, too. So, considering that the end of the world is supposed to happen in a matter of days per our Mayan friends, and that happens to coincide with the Christmas season.....what are you planning to open this Christmas?  If the world starts to come apart de... Read More

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