The Château Haut-Brion enjoys a reputation dating back centuries, a model of longevity and excellence resulting from an exceptional terroir. The first traces of Domaine date back to 1525 when Jean de Pontac, a notable parliamentary official in Bordeaux, received it by marriage and began construction of Château in 1549, while increasing the size of the vineyard. Served at the tables of the kings of England as attested to in a 1660 archive, Château was the first to appear under its vintage name, "Ho Bryan" as expressed in 1663 by Samuel Pepys, a member of the English Parliament, in his diary.
During the famous 1855 classification, Château Haut-Brion was the only Domaine from the Graves region to appear in it, as the Ist Grand Cru Classé, sharing this distinction with four Domaines : Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Margaux, Château Latour as well as Château Mouton Rothschild since 1973.
Bought in 1935 by the American banker Clarence Dillon and run today by his descendant, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Château Haut-Brion is based on a gravel vineyard of 51 hectares : 48ha in red dedicated to the production of the grand vin and Second wine, Clarence de Haut-Brion (44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot), and 3ha in white dedicated to the production of the grand vin blanc Sec (52% Semillon and 47% Sauvignon blanc).
The great red wine of Château Haut-Brion is a wine of extraordinary intensity, complex and with a velvety power that leaves its mark. As for the white wine it produces, it is said to be the greatest white wine Sec of Bordeaux, mineral and smooth.