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Domaine Clarence Dillon
Domaine Clarence Dillon is a family-run company which over the years has become the owner of Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion and more recently, Château Quintus in Saint-Emilion. The company today produces five fine red and white wines with an unsurpassed reputation which is also found in their second wines. The launch of Clarendelle in 2005, the first “super premium” brand of wine in Bordeaux, illustrates the forward-thinking and pioneering nature of the company. Domaine Clarence Dillon combines tradition and innovation to capture the unique essence of exceptional terroirs and to produce a family of wines that share a style combining balance, elegance and complexity.
Domaine Clarence Dillon’s commitment to the La Cité du Vin project is part of a longstanding tradition of philanthropy and patronage benefitting the city of Bordeaux, initiated by Mr. Clarence Dillon more than 75 years ago.
“This innovative project particularly appealed to us and we immediately committed by signing the first patronage agreement in December 2011. Through La Cité du Vin, visitors will be able to celebrate the past while looking towards the future.
Long after the introduction of the vine on its legendary terroir between 40 and 60 AD, Château Haut-Brion created, around 1660, the “New French Claret”, the ancestor of all existing fine red wines. It is therefore, in the light of history, the birthplace and role model of the Grands Crus. Its historical footprint is remarkable.
The transmission was a fundamental concept for Domaine Clarence Dillon. Allowing current and future generations to discover this living and universal heritage, the fruit of ancient civilisations, fits perfectly with the company’s philosophy.
We wished, in particular, to contribute to the process of promotion and the conveyance of heritage focused on the theme of the history of wine civilisations in this iconic place. Through the momentum created by this project, Bordeaux maintains its reputation as the indisputable world centre of wine culture.” - Robert of Luxembourg.