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Chateau La Tour Haut Brion 2004

75cl / 14%

“One of the properties under the same family ownership as Haut-Brion, La Tour Haut-Brion is a tiny 12-acre parcel.

The 2004 has a smooth richness, coupled with a restrained delicacy that belies that the power of the dense tannins at the core.

The aftertaste, though, is more soft and seductive.”

~ Wine Enthusiast

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Tasting Notes

Colour: A dark ruby/purple
Aroma: Cedary notes on the nose give way to high-toned, over-mature dark fruit with mocha & coffee notes.
Palate: A medium-bodied wine revealing elegant boysenberry and cherry notes interwoven with notions of crushed rocks, smoke, and herbs. This restrained, refreshing 2004 is ideal for drinking over the next 12-15 years. (WA)
Grape Varieties: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
Awards: 91pts – Wine Enthusiast; 90pts – Wine Spectator; 90pts – CellarTracker; 89pts – The Wine Cellar Insider; 87-89pts – Wine Advocate-Parker

History of Château La Tour Haut-Brion

The vineyards of Chateau La Tour Haut Brion were planted for the first time in the 16th century by the Rostaing family. At the time, the estate was known as La Tour de Rostaing. The property was also called La Tour d’Esquivens. By the early 1800’s, the wines were selling under the name of La Tour. The owners of the property in the mid-nineteenth century, the Cayrou brothers changed the name of the estate to Chateau La Tour Haut-Brion.

In 1890, Chateau La Tour Haut Brion was sold again, becoming the property of Victor Coustau. Victor Coustau also purchased a neighboring Graves estate, Chateau La Mission Haut Brion. It was decided that the wines of Chateau La Tour Haut Brion from that point forward would be produced in the cellars of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion. This explains why no official chateau or winery existed for La Tour Haut-Brion.

Victor Coustau passed away in 1924 and Chateau La Tour Haut Brion was once again sold, this time to the Woltner family. The Woltner’s of course knew the property well, as they already owned Chateau la Mission Haut-Brion. When the wines of the Graves appellation were classified: 1959 Classification of the Graves region, Chateau La Tour Haut Brion was the smallest of all the vineyards included in the classification. Chateau La Tour Haut Brion remained the property of the Woltner family for close to six decades, until they eventually sold the vineyard to the owners of Chateau Haut Brion.

The 5 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Tour Haut Brion was planted to 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The terroir consisted of deep, gravel based soils. On average, the wine was aged in 30% new, French oak barrels for between 18 and 22 months.

Production was small. It hovered around 2,000 cases of wine in an average vintage. As we mentiomed earlier, the wines were vinified at Chateau La Mission Haut Brion and received the same care and treatment as the wines of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion. The same technical team was in charge of both estates, in the vineyards, and in the wine cellars.

Today, Chateau La Tour Haut Brion no longer exists. It was merged into Chateau La Mission Haut Brion in 2006. The final vintage from Chateau La Tour Haut Brion took place in 2005.

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