One of the four original properties classified as a First Growth in the 1855 Classification of red Bordeaux wines. The property is under the same ownership as Châteaux la MISSION HAUT-BRION and la TOUR HAUT-BRION. The vineyards are planted in superbly drained gravel soils that provide an almost ideal supply of moisture to optimise fruit ripening. Red grapes occupy 48 ha, while less than 3 ha provides a tiny amount of exquisite, subtly barrel-fermented white from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The property, now surrounded by the ever-encroaching suburbs of Bordeaux, is small in comparison to the other First Growths, producing a total of some 12,500 cases a year. Both red and white have been magnificent through the late 1990s and into the whole decade of the 2000s, only the 1997 and 91 red dipping a little. Great older vintages include 1990, 89, 86, 82, 75 and the astonishing 61. The second wine, Le Clarence de Haut-Brion was formerly labelled Château Bahans Haut-Brion, can also be very impressive. A second white is made from both Haut-Brion and la Mission Haut-Brion, labelled La Clarté de Haut-Brion.