Haut Brion's Jean-Bernard Delmas dies
Bordeaux first growth Château Haut-Brion's former winemaker, Jean-Bernard Delmas, who more recently managed Château Montrose, has died aged 83.
Delmas worked as technical director for Haut-Brion between 1961 and 2003, overseeing Haut-Brion and the other wines in Domaine Clarence Dillon’s portfolio, including La Mission Haut-Brion, for over 40 years before moving on to manage Montrose until his retirement in 2011.
On leaving Haut-Brion, the mantle was taken up by his son Jean-Philippe Delmas, who works as deputy managing director at Domaine Clarence Dillon.
Born in 1935, Delmas was a moderniser and instrumental in introducing new winemaking techniques to Bordeaux during his long tenure at Haut-Brion, such as the early adoption of stainless steel fermentation tanks.
He also pioneered a rigorous replanting programme at Haut-Brion in the ‘70s, which included scrupulous testing of different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Haut-Brion’s chairman, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, led the tributes to Delmas, saying: “My family has never known Haut-Brion without the presence of this great man and extraordinary winemaker.
“His charm and humour marked all who were fortunate enough to meet him. His boundless curiosity and innovative spirit raised the estates and our wines to new heights.
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