New research has learned the oldest known mention of Chateau Haut-Brion dating back to the beginning of the 1500s, 139 years earlier than earlier thought.
Following a competition launched by owner Prince Robert of Luxembourg, a medieval description researcher in Bordeaux found a written mention of Haut-Brion dated 21 January 1521. That indicates the Graves first progression estate’s wines have been highly prized for around 500 years. The document, found by art historian Laurent Chavier, is the sale of an annuity worth 400 Bordeaux francs, the equivalent today of around €50,000. It is drafted in French – rather than Gascon – by Maitre Hamelin Gemisson. The borrower, Jean de Monque, promises to deliver each year ‘four pipes of wine from the vineyard of Aubrion’, as part of repayment.Until now, the earliest known mention of Haut-Brion was in the English National Archives at Kew, London. It features in King Charles II’s
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