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The American First-Growth

For three-quarters of a century, the Dillon family has been a dynamic guardian of Bordeaux’s Château Haut-Brion
Mitch Frank
Issue: December 15, 2010

It was 75 years ago, in May 1935, that Dillon bought Haut-Brion for $155,000. In the decades since, the first-growth has weathered war and occupation, boom times and bad times, and has gone from a historic estate that made outstanding wine to a luxury brand and an icon of wine. Wine Spectator associate editor Mitch Frank explains.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 23, 2010.

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