Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wood Wine Crate & Box Profiles: Chateau Haut-Brion

Chateau Haut-Brion:

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux

Sub-region: Pessac-Leognan

Classification: First Growth

Production: 9,000 - 14,000 cases per year

Grape: 90% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a 10% split between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot

Crate design: Haut-Brion has the most unique sized crate of all the Bordeaux wineries. It's very thick and chunky piece, similar to a 6 bottle flat but about twice the height. The inserts of an Haut-Brion crate are very attractive and can be removed very easily. Chateau Haut-Brion has the most simple design logo of the growths but it's highly recognized.

Rarity: Extremely rare. Haut-Brion produces the lowest amount of crates amongst the 1st Growths.

Crate designation: Exclusive Class First Growth ($100.00)

Our opinion: The Pessac Leognan region traces land cultivation for wine back to before Jesus Christ. Once the Roman Empire established a vineyard on what's known as Chateau Haut-Brion, they realized there had been grape cultivation for wine centuries before.

Although Haut-Brion has a great deal of historical significance, it's had a great many problems with it's various owners. Chateau Haut-Brion is owned by the Clarence Dillon Family Corporation, and it was purchased by the American buisnessman Clarence Dillon in 1935. It's one of the few Bordeaux wineries owned by an American.

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