Château La Mission Haut-Brion: Joan Dillon

Joan Douglas Dillon (born 1935) was the daughter of Clarence Douglas Dillon (1909 – 2003), a renowned diplomat, and himself the son of Clarence Dillon, who had purchased Château Haut-Brion on May 13th 1935. When her father returned to the USA she decided that she would stay behind in France. Upon the retirement of Seymour Weller in 1975 it was Joan who assumed control at Château Haut-Brion. And it was Joan that would bring both that estate as well as Château La Mission Haut-Brion into the ownership of the reigning dynasty of Luxembourg.

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

After an annulled marriage to an American James Brady Moseley, Joan Dillon married Prince Charles of Luxembourg in 1967. They had two children, a daughter, Princess Charlotte Phyllis Marie (born 1967) and Prince Robert Louis François Marie (born 1968, pictured below). Tragically Prince Charles died in 1977, when his children were still young. Thereafter Joan went on to marry Philippe François Armand Marie de Noailles, Duc de Mouchy, and Joan and Philippe continued to manage Château Haut-Brion together. This was a very significant time for the company, as it was during this era, as described at the foot of the previous page, that the family acquired Château La Mission Haut-Brion.

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