Château La Mission Haut-Brion
The story of La Mission Haut-Brion has its roots in distant centuries, going back to the Middle Ages. It’s a Château located in Talence, in the prestigious Graves area, just outside the city of Bordeaux. It all began around the middle of the 16th century, in 1540, when Amaud de Lestonnac, an important merchant of Bordeaux, took over the Château. He understood the great potential of the territory and structured the entire estate for wine growing. However, the real prestige of the Château began in 1682, with the Friars of La Mission, who gave the current name to the winery. The friars increased the vineyard area of the property, and raised the quality level of the wines produced. After a number of changes in management over the course of history and centuries, in more recent times, the Château La Mission Haut-Brion was acquired in 1983 by the Dillon family, so it’s now part of the Domaine Clarence Dillon’s properties. From this moment the Château entered a sort of new renaissance, with renovations that involved both the vineyards and the premises of the cellar. In 2007, the Prince Robert of Luxembourg, part of the Domaine Dillon’s management team, started a further renovation project of some buildings belonging to the estate. The vineyards now cover a total area of 29 hectares, of which 27 are planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, while the remaining 2 hectares are planted with white berried grapes, sémillon and sauvignon blanc. In the vineyard, the greatest respect for the environment, for nature, for biodiversity and for the ecosystem is shown; this approach also reflects in the cellar, where each production step is aimed at achieving the highest quality standards. 4 are the labels currently produced, for a total of about 80,000 bottles produced: two red wines, La Mission Haut-Brion and La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion, and two white wines, La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc and La Clarté de Haut-Brion. Exceptional labels to say the least, which bring together enthusiasts, experts and critics from all over the world. You have to try them at least once in your life.