Red varieties: 41% of merlot, 48% of cabernet sauvignon, 11% of cabernet franc
|VINEYARD SURFACE AREA
Gravel soil composed of different quartz, clayey-sandy-limestone subsoil
History and anecdotes
Located in front of Château Haut-Brion upon which it shares a large gravel terrace, the Mission Haut-Brion’s history is closely related to the Château Haut-Brion ones.
It was founded in the 16th century by the Lestonnac family when Arnaud de Lestonnac got married to Marie de Pontac (Haut-Brion). In the following century, it was bequeathed to the Vincentian priests of the Mission who carried out major works on the vines. In the 19th, the Chiapella family related to Louisiana, participated in the Mission Haut-Brion’s transatlantic reputation.
In 1983, the Clarence Dillon estate, owner of Château Haut-Brion, acquired the Mission, thus benefiting from the same know-how.
The Mission Haut-Brion was seized during the French Revolution and sold as “National Asset ''. “If God would forbid drinking, would he have made this wine as good as it is?” would have declared the Marshal de Richelieu about the Mission Haut-Brion.
|Premier Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan
|Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc
Blackberry, raspberry, havana, roasting, undergrowth
|FOOD AND WINE PAIRING
|Ceps raviolis, wild duck bigarade
|Traditional winemaking in thermo-regulated stainless-steel vats. The malolactic fermentation is done to reduce red wines’ acidity.