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#6 - 2011 Chateau Haut Brion Bordeaux

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Founded in the 1500s, Chateau Haut Brion is the only First Growth estate owned by an American--the great-grandson of the American ambassador Clarence Douglas Dillon, who bought the estate in 1935. The vines on the rocky terrain of Chateau Haut Brion produce dense, full-bodied Bordeaux that is aged for 22 months or more in new oak. Not only is the Chateau the only 1855 First Growth-rated producer outside of Medoc and Sauternes, it has the smallest harvests of any First Growth producer in the region.

The Chateau relies heavily on Merlot for its blend, combining 46 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with 35 percent Merlot and 19 percent Cabernet Franc. The estate consistently produces fewer than 20,000 cases of wine annually, split between its Grand Vin and its two white wines. Due to the producer's increasingly strict selection process that focuses on only the very best grapes, the excellent 2011 Chateau Haut Brion vintage saw even smaller yields than usual, with just 7,600 cases.