Created and developed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by the influential Lestonnac family, Château La Mission Haut-Brion began to achieve wider renown in 1682, when it passed into the hands of the Prêcheurs de la Mission (to whom it owes its current name), the Bordeaux branch of the Congrégation de la Mission de Saint-Lazare, a missionary order commonly known as the Lazarists.
The Good Friars proceeded to make major improvements to the property, meticulously shepherding its continued development and, in less than a century, were already producing one of the greatest growths in Bordeaux.
In the nineteenth century, a family from Louisiana, the Chiapellas, acquired the property from the missionary order and La Mission’s worldwide reputation grew further. The jury of the 1862 International Exhibition in London, highly attentive to the particular qualities of Château La Mission Haut-Brion’s wines, awarded the estate its Gold Medal. The many achievements of the Woltner family, who held title to the property between 1919 and 1983, would expand the renown of the estate and its wines.
La Mission Haut-Brion is now one of the jewels of the Domaine Clarence Dillon, who totally renovated the château and added state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. Before entering the cellar, a veritable “cathedral of wine”, visitors are now welcomed in the cloister near the small Notre-Dame d’Aubrion chapel built in the late 17th century.
Today many people consider Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion as a “sixth 1855 First Growth”.
From the 2006 vintage, the vineyard of Chateau La Tour Haut-Brion, Classified Graves Growth, was incorporated into Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion.
From the 2009 vintage, Chateau Laville Haut-Brion, Classified Graves Growth, reverted to its original name: Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc…
Le vignoble :
Superficie en Rouge : 25ha 44a
Superficie en Blanc : 3ha 74a
Rouge : Merlot Noir : 41%
Cabernet Franc : 11%
Cabernet Sauvignon : 48%
Blanc : Sémillon : 63%
Sauvignon : 37%
Production moyenne :
Rouge : 5000 à 5600 caisses
Blanc : 550 à 650 caisses
Pays d’exportation :
Vente via le négoce
Visite du Château :
Sur rendez-vous du lundi au vendredi matin
Langues Parlées :
Français, Anglais, Allemand, Norvégien