Until the 17th Century, La Mission Haut Brion formed a part of the Haut-Brion estate. In 1630, the land was bequeathed to a group of priests, the Lazarites of the Mission of Saint-Vincent de Paul and before the turn of the next century, the priests had garnered a reputation for producing outstanding wine. However, their land – like with all church property – was confiscated during the Revolution and sold to Martial Victor Vaillant and then to Celestin Chiapelle. The Chateau’s wine production thrived under Celestin’s tenure and La Mission Haut Brion was ranked alongside the Fourth and Fifth Growth properties of the Medoc in the 1846 Cock’s classification. The estate remained with the Chiapelle family for 100 years however subsequent generations lacked Celestin’s exacting standards and after a period of decline the property was once again sold. The Woltner family purchased the estate in 1918 and, led by the skill and passion of Henri Woltner, La Mission Haut Brion began producing some of the best wines of Bordeaux.
Following Henri’s death in 1974, the family discord ultimately led to the sale of the estate to Domaine Clarence Dillon – the owners of Chateau Haut Brion. Although effectively going full-circle and re-joining it’s original estate, La Mission Haut Brion was kept as a separate property and maintained its unique identity that led to the wines attracting much critical acclaim.
La Mission Haut Brion is situated close to the city of Bordeaux itself, in the Pessac-Leognan region. Thanks to its uniquely stoney soils, La Mission produce rich and powerful wines, with several vintages receiving top scores that rival some of the First Growths of the Médoc.