Château La Mission Haut-Brion

€1,500.00
Content: 0.75 Liter (€2,000.00 * / 1 Liter)
contains sulphites

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  • 0.75 Liter
  • RW0251
Upper-mid shoulder - normal for the age. Healthy colour. A great wine! more
Product information "Château La Mission Haut-Brion"
Vintage: 1961
Land: France
Region: Graves
Producer: Château La Mission Haut Brion
Bottled by: Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, 67 Rue de Peybouquey, 33400 Talence, Frankreich
Type: red
Alcoholic Strength: 13%
Fill Level: Mid shoulder
Label: Good Labels
Grape Variety
45% Merlot, 48%Cerbnet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
Description

Upper-mid shoulder - normal for the age. Healthy colour. A great wine!

Our comment on
Possibly the greatest vintage of them all; every region made great wines and châteaux not usually producing very exciting wines reached peaks in quality they hadn’t reached since before the phylloxera. Because of the minimal amounts of grapes on each vine (due to poor flowering) and perfect weather conditions, even the most indifferent and ignorant winemaker couldn’t avoid making something special. The wines have a deep colour and an incredible concentration of fruit in perfect balance with acidity and tannins. All wines with the possible exception of Latour have now reached maturity and have (except for minor châteaux) still reserves for keeping even though they won’t improve. Because of the small yield and its deservedly great reputation the prices have always been high for the 1961‘s. Every true wine lover should however have at least once drunk a good example to know what a perfect Claret can taste like. I arranged a major tasting of 1961s in 1989 and they were all fabulous. Having helped to arrange another tasting of more than 50 wines in November 2001 I was amazed to see that they had not seemed to age at all in the last 12 years. With very few exceptions they were great wines. I also took part in a tasting of over 100 wines from 1961 in Helsinki 2014. Most were from Bordeaux and almost all still very much alive. I was invited to a brilliant dinner in December 2016 by a friend who served all top 1961s. An unforgettable experience!