Château Haut Brion
is a First Great Growth of Bordeaux. Actually it is the only
one not coming from the Médoc area, but from Pessac
Léognan in Graves.
is famous for its regularity, its innovation and its excellence.
Let us try to find out some of their secrets.
Delmas, you are the third generation of Delmas in charge of
Haut-Brion. You took the reins last year. How are you dealing
with this responsibility ? Is it difficult to succeed a living
legend such as your father (Jean Bernard Delmas)?
everything is going well. It is an incredible chance. Without
my father I would not be there. It is a chance that I spent
ten years learning with him. First of all because he is valued
by his colleagues as a good oenologist. Therefore, it is always
interesting to acquire an experience from a great professional.
Of course, we have father and son relationship. Sometimes
there were tension in the air, my father is not very patient,
but everything went well ! I have to say that I am lucky to
have by my side the Dillon's family. They are now at their
fourth generation at Haut-Brion. Today I work with the son
of the Duchess, the Prince of Luxembourg, who is one year
older than me. The generations Delmas and Dillon follow each
other. The Duchess was born the same year as my father, the
year when the Dillon's family bought Haut-Brion, it was in
Is it true that your father was born at Haut-Brion?
was born in the Haut-Brion estate, not in the Château
itself. Talking about me, It was better that my mother gave
birth at the hospital which is 100 meters (328 feet, 91,5
yards) from Haut-Brion.
Is your father still helping you out in your work?
a contract with my father as a consultant. We still use his
experience. The experience is irreplaceable in the wine business.
We only know the emerged part of the iceberg. There are grey
areas where we still have many things to learn. It would have
been regrettable not to use him.
Jean Philippe Delmas, Château Haut-Brion