Premier Cru Château Haut-Brion – More Premier Than Originally Thought

In 1660 Charles II was restored to the throne, issuing the Declaration of Breda, bringing to a close the Interregnum, the period following the Wars of the Three Kingdoms that saw Charles I executed.

Of course, that’s all very interesting. However, perhaps more interesting is that 1660 is the earliest known mention of Château Haut-Brion, in a ledger in the wine cellar of Charles II.

Haut-Brion has a lot going for it, being the only wine with the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée classification for the Pessac-Léognan appellation. Pessac is a mere six kilometres south-west of Bordeaux. Coupled with at least 350 years worth of estate heritage it is much sought after and very collectible.

Queue a ridiculous fact, a 12 bottle case of 1961 Haut-Brion would set you back around £12.5k.

Well, lo and behold art historian Laurent Chavier has discovered a document mentioning the sale of an annuity promising the delivery of wine from the vineyard of Aubrion. This is dated 21st January 1521.

So it seems that Château Haut-Brion has been producing wine from the same vines for almost half a millennia.

Somebody update wikipedia!

Featured image is “Haut Brion exterior” by BillBl – originally posted to Flickr as Chateau Haut-Brion. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.