During the Woltner era, this wine was known for a very particular style, with very firm and powerful tannins, which made it difficult to appreciate when young, but conferred remarkable aging potential.
When the Dillon family acquired the property in 1983, the style immediately changed and Château La Tour Haut-Brion became more accessible, more likable as a young wine, although without losing its potential to age exceptionally well.
The significant proportion of Cabernet Franc in most vintages gives this wine impressive structure.
The unique characteristics of its terroir are consistently in evidence, with typical empyreumatic notes (Havana cigar box, chocolate, roasted coffee, cedar, etc.).
Surface area planted: 5.05 hectares (12.47 acres)
Planted grape varieties: 34% Merlot, 44.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21.7% Cabernet Franc
Length of initial maturing period in oak casks: 18-22 months in 30% new wood
Average production: 2,000 to 2,500 cases
Domaine Clarence Dillon ceased production of Château La Tour Haut-Brion with the 2005 vintage. Today, this small vineyard site is incorporated with that of Château La Mission Haut-Brion.
Part of the noble lands held by the seigneurie de La Tour d'Esquivens from the Middle Ages, this group of parcels was already being developed in this period by the Rostaing family, one of the very first non-clerical producers of quality wine in Bordeaux.
In terms of its surface under vines, Château La Tour Haut-Brion was the smallest of the classed growths of red Graves, before production ended with the 2005 vintage, when its vineyard was merged into the neighboring estate, Château La Mission Haut-Brion, also owned by Domaine Clarence Dillon.