The appellation area corresponds to the northern part of the Graves, formerly known as Hautes-Graves, and since 1987 has been a communal AOC in its own right. The originality of its soil justifies its creation. This terroir consists of an archipelago of gravelly ridges that have excellent wine-making skills, composed of very mixed pebbles on slopes guaranteeing excellent drainage. The quality of the wines produced in this area is exceptional enough that in 1855, Haut Brion, emblematic of the 12th century, was able to join the first classified crus of Médoc (see our article "The Crus Classés Médoc") and for that in 1953 and 1959 was born a classification of serious. The red wines are distinguished by their bouquet (red fruit, violet, smoky notes, leather, warm earth) which increases in complexity with age (game, jam, dried fruits) and their balance between structure and velvety, between power and elegance. The whites, as concentrated as they are complex (lemon, exotic fruits, broom, toast, hazelnut), are characterized by a bold, unctuous and always very fresh character.
Area: 1600 ha / Soils: limestone clays, sand, pebbles, gravel and sand / grape varieties: red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot; white: semillon, sauvignon, muscadelle / aging potential: 10 to 20 years (much more for some wines and vintages) for reds; 2 to 5 years (up to 10-15 years for some wines and vintages)