The American First-Growth

For three-quarters of a century, the Dillon family has been a dynamic guardian of Bordeaux’s Château Haut-Brion
From the Dec 15, 2010, issue

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.

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