Jean de Pontac was the founder of the estate in 1525. Haut-Brion is the only red vineyard, outside of the Médoc, to have been distinguished by the prestigious 1855 classification. Already at the time, the owner experienced great success in England, created the definition “New French Claret” and succeeded in ageing his wines and revealing the virtues of the terroir.
It is unquestionably a wine of legend owing to its consistent quality, but also to the ongoing commitment, passion and resources invested by the various owners that have come and gone. Haut-Brion has always been at the cutting edge of innovation, particularly with the clonal selection programme and the installation of stainless steel vinification vats from the early 1960s. The Delmas family has been the head of the property since 1920, and standards have remained constant from one generation to another.
Haut-Brion wine has very rich aromas, with smoky notes characteristic of Pessac-Léognan. Like any Premier Cru, it has prodigious long-keeping potential.