Address: Château La Mission Haut-Brion Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A. 33608 Pessac Cedex France
Telephone: +33 (0)5 56 00 29 30
Visits: By appointment only
Details: Cru Classé de Graves (red), Pessac-Léognan, 21ha, stony soils
Vineyards: Red: Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Cabernet Franc 7%, Merlot Noir 45%.
During the Middle Ages, La Mission Haut-Brion belonged to the noble house of ‘La Tour de Rostaing’ Although wine of renowned quality was being made here as early as the 1500s, the rise of Château La Mission Haut-Brion dates from just 1919, when the property was sold to Frederic Otto Woltner. Woltner and his two sons reconstructed the vineyard and were pioneers of modern winemaking techniques. By 1931, they had added La Tour Haut-Brion (also once part of the Rostaing domain) and Laville Haut-Brion to their holdings. Fifty years on, family divisions forced the sale of all three properties, which were purchased by the owners of Château Haut-Brion, the Dillon family, in 1983.
Note that La Tour Haut-Brion no longer exists as an independant label. The grapes are now used solely in La Mission Haut-Brion’s second wine, La Chappelle de la Mission.