Robert of Luxembourg takes over the leadership of Haut-Brion

Friday, 01. August 2008 | 22:42 Uhr | A.WIRTZFELD | WINE COMPANIES
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Already at the age of 18, Prince Robert of Luxembourg took over the administration of Château Haut-Brion

FRANCE (Bordeaux) - Prince Robert of Luxembourg who now holds the sceptre at Haut-Brion, has hitherto been vice president of the Domaine Clarence Dillon concern. Already at the age of 18, he was named administrator of Haut-Brion and always felt connected to the Château.

His Royal Highness is the son of today's Duchess of Mouchy and His Royal Highness Prince Charles de Luxembourg and therewith the grandson of Douglas and the great grandson of Clarence de Luxembourg. Together with his sister, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte, Prince Robert grew up in Haut-Brion.

His mother, the Duchess de Mouchy and granddaughter of Clarence Douglas Dillon, who lead the Château Haut-Brion since 1979,  took over the direction of the domain Clarence Dillon in return, proprietor of the Château Haut-Brion since 1975. Moreover, the Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Château Laville Haut-Brion also belong to Dillon.

Contemporaneously with the new leadership, Haut-Brion is announcing the change of the name of their second wine. "Le Bahans de Château Haut-Brion" will change its name to "Clarence de Château Haut-Brion" from the vintage 2007 on. This will happen in honour of the original proprietor Clarence Douglas Dillon, the great-grandfather of Prince Robert of Luxembourg.

Château Haut-Brion is the oldest, smallest, but also most famous of the four "Premier Grand Crus"estates classified in 1855. As the only one of those four famous Châteaux, Haut Brion is situated out of the Medoc in the community Pessac-Léognan in the area of Graves, only about 1.5 kilometres out of the city boundaries of Bordeaux.

The history of the Château Haut-Brion is characterised by many personalities. Owners respectively proprietors were among others Bishop Admirale, a French  field marshal, a governor of the province Guyenne and three mayors of Bordeaux. They are joined by  the famous Charles Maurice Talleyrand (1754 - 1838), at that time foreign minister of Napoleon. After being dispossessed in the French Revolution, the estate changed again and many times its owner did too.

Then in 1935, Clarence Douglas Dillon (1909 - 2003), embassador of the USA in Paris and later Treasury Secretary under John F. Kennedy, took over the Château Haut-Brion. In 1983, his son purchased the opposing Château La Mission Haut-Brion and therewith created the conditions for today's Dillon group that generates a turnover of more than 25 million euro at a gain of more than 6.5 Million euros (2006). (aw.yoopress / translator r.baur)

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