Domaine Clarence Dillon

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Domaine Clarence Dillon
SAS (Société par actions simplifiée)
Industry Wine
Founded Paris, France (1935)
Founder Clarence Dillon
Headquarters 41 Avenue George V, Paris, France
Key people
Prince Robert of Luxembourg (President)
Products Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion Blanc
Le Clarence du Haut-Brion
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc
La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion
La Clarté de Haut-Brion
Château Quintus
Le Dragon de Quintus

Domaine Clarence Dillon SAS is a French company that owns three Bordeaux wine estates, Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Château Quintus, as well as Clarence Dillon Wines, a Bordeaux fine wine merchant.

Early history[edit]

The company was founded on June 1, 1935. It was named after the American financier Clarence Dillon,[1] who bought Château Haut-Brion in 1935.[2] From 1935 to 1975, Seymour Weller, nephew of Clarence Dillon, managed the company.

From 1975 to today[edit]

From 1975 to 2008, Joan Dillon,[3] Duchesse de Mouchy, assumed the presidency of Domaine Clarence Dillon. Her husband, Philippe, Duc de Mouchy, was General Manager. Under their management, the company bought Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Château Laville Haut-Brion and Château La Tour Haut-Brion in 1983. Since 2008, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, her son by her marriage to Prince Charles of Luxembourg, is President of Domaine Clarence Dillon.

The Board of Directors of Domaine Clarence Dillon includes only descendants of Clarence Dillon, through his son C. Douglas Dillon, who had served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 1961 to 1965,[4] or his daughter Dorothy Dillon-Eweson.

On June 24, 2011, Domaine Clarence Dillon announced the acquisition of Château Tertre Daugay, former First Growth of Saint-Emilion,[5] now renamed Château Quintus.

Wines currently produced[edit]

  • Château Haut-Brion, Premier Grand Cru Classé in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855[6]
  • Château Haut-Brion Blanc
  • Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, second red wine of Château Haut-Brion, previously named Château Bahans Haut-Brion until the 2006 vintage
  • La Clarté de Haut-Brion (previously Les Plantiers du Haut-Brion until the 2008 vintage), second wine of Château Haut-Brion blanc and Château La Mission Haut-Brion blanc
  • Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Cru Classé de Graves en rouge
  • La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, second wine in red of Château La Mission Haut-Brion
  • Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, previously named Château Laville Haut-Brion until 2008
  • Château Quintus, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
  • Le Dragon de Quintus, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Clarence Dillon Wines[edit]

Seventy years after the arrival of Clarence Dillon in Bordeaux, his great-grandson, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, opened a new chapter in the Dillon family story in Bordeaux by creating Clarence Dillon Wines. This company oversees the production and sale of a range of wines created in 2005. Clarendelle takes its inspiration from Clarence Dillon, paying homage to the ancestor who brought the Dillon family to this region. The company benefits from centuries of acquired knowledge of the Château Haut-Brion property.

Clarence Dillon Wines will also provide the service of a classical Bordeaux négociant business with a particular focus on the wines emanating from the estates of its mother company, Domaine Clarence Dillon.


Clarendelle is a Bordeaux wine brand[7] launched in 2005 by the négociant house Clarence Dillon Wines, established in Bordeaux. Its name is inspired by Clarence Dillon, who established the family's presence in the Bordeaux area in 1935. It is also related to the term “claret” that designated the Bordeaux wines during the 17th and 18th century in England. The wines are made according to the Bordeaux style and tradition.

Wine produced in the past[edit]

  • Château La Tour Haut-Brion, Cru Classé de Graves en rouge (produced until 2005; it is now integrated in the production of La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion)


  1. ^ Fisher, Ken (2007). 100 Minds That Made the Market. Wiley. ISBN 0-470-13951-X. 
  2. ^ Coates, MW, Clive (1995). Grands vins: the finest châteaux of Bordeaux and their wines. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20220-1. 
  3. ^ Matasar, Ann B. (2006). Women of Wine: The Rise of Women in the Global Wine Industry. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-24051-0. 
  4. ^ Katz, Bernard; Vencill, C. Daniel (1996). Biographical dictionary of the United States secretaries of the Treasury. Greenwood. ISBN 0-313-28012-6. 
  5. ^ Cocks, Charles (2009, reprint of 1898 edition). Bordeaux et ses vins: classés par ordre de mérite. Feret. ISBN 2-35156-041-8.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Markham, Dewey Jr. (1997). 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-19421-2. 
  7. ^ Resnick, Evelyne (2008). Wine Brands. London-New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 164–168. 

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