We were invited to lunch by a prince a three years ago. The owner of Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, was introducing Clarendelle, his new label, to the U.S. market. In addition to an encyclopedic knowledge of Bordeaux, the prince has some of the world’s greatest winemakers on his staff. He knew that together they could make reasonably priced Bordeaux to compete in the world market. We tasted the red and white wines and promptly bought them on the spot. This wine has the depth and structure one expects from a more expensive wine and its bordelaise pedigree is unmistakable. The mid-palate possesses an extreme amount of fruit and depth. The finish is equally long and rich. Try this elegant white with richly flavored white meats and with grilled halibut or salmon.
|Mr Clarence Dillon, an eminent American financier, visited Bordeaux in 1934. He fell under the spell of Chateau Haut-Brion and recognized the unique opportunity of acquiring such a legendary estate: he had discovered a precious jewel waiting to shine once again.
Although famous for centuries, Haut-Brion was going through difficult times. Mr Clarence Dillon purchased the estate in 1935 and this was the beginning of his family’s long commitment and dedication to this famous chateau, as well as to the wines of Bordeaux.
Every improvement and innovation since then has been guided by a love of perfection, and Chateau Haut-Brion has remained worthy of its noble heritage thanks to the men and women responsible for implementing them.
In 1983, the Dillon family also acquired the neighboring estate, Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion. Since the 2011 vintage, the company is also proud to represent one of the finest wines from Saint Émilion: Chateau Quintus.
Today, Domaine Clarence Dillon, has the unique privilege of producing five rare and exceptional estate wines of unequalled reputation as well as their second wines. Domaine Clarence Dillon’s expertise, founded on five centuries of history, is reflected in every wine produced by the estate.
In 2005, seventy years after Clarence Dillon’s arrival, his great-grandson, Prince Robert de Luxembourg, began writing a new chapter of the Dillon family’s history by establishing Clarence Dillon Wines to produce and sell the first premium brand wine in Bordeaux: Clarendelle”.