In 1935 the estate was rescued by an American. Financier Clarence Dillon purchased the property for 2.3 million francs. Dillon named his nephew Seymour Weller as president of Société Vinicole de la Gironde, a position he held until his retirement in 1975 at age 83.
Chateau Haut-Brion, Bordeaux
Under Weller, the chai was cleaned and improved and “modern” technology was implemented. Perhaps the key stroke to restoring the estate was the hiring of George Delmas as winemaker and manager. George retired in 1961 and was succeeded by his son Jean-Bernard who invested time and effort in clonal research. It was his belief that great wine required different clones (strains) of each grape varietal. Each hectare is reputed to have 10 to 15 different clonal selections. The property is now under the direction of the third generation of Delmas, Jean-Phillipe Delmas, who has been in charge since 2003…
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