Pessac-Léognan, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion
The day starts early with the tasting of wines from La Mission and Haut-Brion in the little library at Haut-Brion. The reds are a bit enigmatic this morning but one imagines the potential. The whites are fragrant, refined, and marvellously tonic, especially La Mission Haut-Brion. Quintus (ex Tertre Daugay, acquired last year by the Dillon family) is presented for the first time. Why this name? Simply because it’s the fifth property to enter the family’s portfolio. After La Tour Haut-Brion (which now goes into La Mission), it’s Tertre Daugay which changes name – a pity, as I rather liked the historical reference: Tertre, meaning mound and Daugay (from guet) suggesting a watch or guard, giving the sense of a sentinel from which the enemy advance could be perceived.