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Château La Tour-Haut-Brion

The winery is located in the municipality of Talence in the Pessac-Léognan area of Graves (Bordeaux). It is classified as "Cru Classé" for red wine. The origin goes back to the 16th century. In the middle of the 18th century it was owned by Guillaume Joseph Saige under the name "La Tour d'Esquivens". His widow refused to emigrate during the French Revolution, although her son Joseph de Fumel (1720-1794), the then owner of Château Haut-Brion, was guillotined. By refusing, she saved her property from confiscation. The present name was created by the Cayrou brothers, who called it their property in the first half of the 19th century. In 1850, authors Charles Cocks (died 1854) and Édouard Féret mentioned the name "La Tour Haut-Brion" and stated that the estate produced 25 barrels of wine. Louis Uzac was then the owner between 1858 and 1884 and introduced many improvements. The wine merchant Victor Coustau acquired the estate in 1890 and remained its headquarters, although from 1903 it also came into possession of the neighbouring Château La Mission Haut-Brion. He sold the second one to Otto Frédéric Woltner in 1919

After the death of Victor Coustau the wine of Château la Tour-Haut-Brion was vinified on the Woltner estate Château La Mission-Haut-Brion. The widow Marie Coustau bequeathed her vineyard to the Woltners in her last will and testament, which also happened after her death in 1933. The wine of the Château La Tour-Haut-Brion was vinified now on the Château La Mission-Haut-Brion. After the death of Henri Woltner in 1974, both estates were managed by Francis Dewavrin (husband of one of the Woltner daughters), but he now treated the wine from Château La Tour-Haut-Brion as a second wine. After his death in 1983, both estates were sold by his heirs to the American family Dillon, who managed a number of other important vineyards under the name of Domaine Clarence Dillon. The vineyards of Château La Tour-Haut-Brion, which has again been produced as a first wine since 1983, comprise five hectares of vineyards planted with the Cabernet Sauvignon (42%), Cabernet Franc (35%) and Merlot (23%) varieties. The extremely long-lasting red wine is aged for 24 months in 50% new barriques.

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