Château Haut-Brion: History in a Bottle

Retail Team | June 11, 2024

Even among the elite First Growths of Bordeaux, Château Haut-Brion carries a singular level of prestige. Collectors dating back to Thomas Jefferson have considered the château a favorite.

Nestled in Pessac-Léognan, on the outskirts of the city of Bordeaux, the estate has been in continuous operation for around 600 years, and its stewardship today continues under a European royal, Prince Robert of Luxembourg. Winemaker Jean Philippe-Delmas is widely revered as a technical wizard whose attention and care in the vineyards ranks with the best in the world. Rare too, is the terroir: genuine Günzian gravel, not often found on the Left Bank, conducive to the aristocratic elegance that is synonymous with the Haut-Brion name.

Sotheby’s Wine is always sure to keep a range of vintages of First Growths in stock, and today we’re excited to share four vintages of Haut-Brion, all of which could be considered legendary.

Each cuvée is a testament to Haut-Brion’s magnificent concentration and profound depths, and at the same time, an indelible portrait of a vintage. The 2009, for instance, is a monumental, powerfully structured claret that’s been called the 21st-century version of the 1959 – one of Haut-Brion’s greatest vintages ever. The 2020, by comparison, displays a sensuous, fleshy richness and a muscularity that will guarantee decades of evolution.