La Mission-Haut-Brion's vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Merlot 45%, Cabernet Franc 7%) lie on a large (up to 18 metres deep in places) gravel bank interspersed with clay. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and then matured in oak barriques (100% new) for 18 months. The wines of La Mission Haut Brion are rich, oaky and powerful and need at least 10 years of bottle ageing before they should be broached.
Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1945
Château La Mission Haut-Brion’s tasting notes :A historic wine marking the end of a tyrannical period. An outstanding vintage. But now the events belong to the past.The bottle shows some of the past richness still, but the wine is not quite as clean due to its age. It is still a remarkable bottle.
Sum of temperatures : 3361 °C
Rain : 253 mm
Current vintage notes
The Victory Year. Early vine growth, and there was snow on May 2nd in Bordeaux, causing a dramatic freeze which destroyed 80% of the crop.The very hot and also very dry summer produced extremely concentrated grapes.