What’s so interesting about spending an evening focusing on two Bordeaux first growths (in addition to ensuring an evening of star quality wine!) is that the two styles, the two expressions can so much more easily be compared (and contrasted). Château Latour is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, while Château Haut-Brion is a split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Latour is up in the northern Médoc and picks later; Haut-Brion is down in the suburbs of Bordeaux city itself, at Pessac-Léognan, and picks earlier. Both benefit from well-draining, deeply gravelly soil. How similar, and how different do they smell, feel, and taste?

Find out on 12 October as we have selected a series of vintages to show each château at its best (some of the greatest wines ever produced are included), as well as the long arc of bottle-age evolution each château delivers when the wine has been cellared.


1983 Château Haut Brion Blanc

1998 Château Haut Brion (WA 99)
1996 Château Latour (WA100)

1989 Château Haut Brion (WA100)
1990 Château Latour 

1982 Château Haut Brion 
1982 Château Latour (WA100)

1975 Château Haut Brion
1966 Château Latour (WA96)

The Fine Wine Experience in Beijing: Château Latour v Château Haut-Brion Dinner
Wine Luncheons and Dinners
Date Friday 12 October 2018
Time 19:00 - 22:00
Venue Chinese Restaurant Xin Rongji 新荣记 金融街店 (B1/F, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng, Beijing, China, 中國北京市西城区金融街金融大街11号, 100033)
Ticket RMB 9,800 or HKD 11,000 per seat
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Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
1983 Château Haut Brion Blanc 750ml -
1998 Château Haut Brion 750ml WA99
1996 Château Latour 750ml WA100
1989 Château Haut Brion 750ml WA100
1990 Château Latour 750ml WA95+
1982 Château Haut Brion 750ml WA95
1982 Château Latour 750ml WA100
1975 Château Haut Brion 750ml WA94
1966 Château Latour 750ml WA96