Château Haut-Brion Rouge
To compensate for the unevenness of the
different stages of development of the vines
(there was a difference of about 15 days between the
shoots not affected by the frost and the new shoots),
we had to take exceptional measures. At the time of maturing,
we marked the shoots not affected by the frost with a
spray known as Bouillie Bordelaise.
These were harvested separately and before the others.
The wine they produced was particularly successful
and it served as a base for the blending.
A wine of quality without either the bitterness or
the harshness that one had feared.
To the contrary it is very supple, mature and deep in structure.
A very good and rare Haut-Brion.
A year that will stay engraved in our memory as the year of the late spring frost; a terrible frost ravaged the vines during the night of the 20th of April (the cold persisted all night and in certain vineyards the temperature went down as far as -7°C). The buds, that were already well in advance, were totally destroyed and it was not until the end of May that the vines recovered their normal growth, causing different stages in their evolution. July and August were hot and dry. During the vintage it was hot and wet.
A few figures
From September 24th to October 8th
Cabernet Sauvignon: 37%
Cabernet Franc: 2 %
From June 24th to July 1st 1993