Colour: Deep dark ruby garnet, youthful reflections with a violet rim.
Aroma: Rustic smoky aromas with quite subdued cherry, blackberry and blueberry nose, delicate woody spice.
Palate: Complex on the palate, juicy cherry and berry notes, firm tannins that are well rounded, good length and a delicate chocolate caramel touch. Best after 5-10 years of cellaring.
Grape Varieties: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc
Awards: 93pts – Wine Spectator; 90pts – Stephen Tanzer
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. 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.