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  • Country ranking ?

    276
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now
  • Food Pairing

    Roast Duck Breast with Dried Cherry Sauc

The Story

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.

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Vintage 1947

If the wine producers from different regions were asked to name the best vintages from their winemaking history, the most would name 1947 or 1945 as one of the great ones. If we then compared them together there would be most likely only one vintage that the most if not every producer had named on list – 1947.

Tb wanted to test that theory and we tasted them agains each other and the winner was 1947 – by far.

The vintage 1947 was a magical vintage. It remains in the history as one of the only vintages that all well-established quality wine regions in the world were blessed with superb weather conditions. The heat waves  were experienced all around the world and for instance the whole Europe was bating under scorching sun and experiencing a heat wave  during the summer. This resulted very concentrated and highly ripe grapes. The producers had challenges to handle the very ripe grapes with high sugar levels as there was a constant risk of bacterial contamination in less hygenic cellars that had no artifical cooling systems. As there was no technology to use, many invoked on huge blocks of ice to cool the room temperautre down and even putting ice in their fermentation tanks.

This vintage has proven to yield very long lasting wines from all around the world. The wines are marked with sweet and ripe fruit character and warming alcohol. Due to the poorly hygenic winemaking facilities, many of the wines show volatile characters. Some might find this as a fault, but for many mature wine lovers this feature is even a preferred character. However, when buying the wines from this vintage, one should be aware that there is high level of bottle variations and the risk of having highly volatile wines is remarkably high. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

ending

Long, Gentle and Lingering

nose

Wide, Opulent, Seductive and Refined

taste

Balanced, Well-Integrated, Multi-dimensional, Medium-bodied, Round and Fruity

Verdict

Transparent and Exotic

Written Notes

Reminded a lot of 1948, but with less intensity and lesser composition. But there was no reason for lament song, because this wine was a true heartbreaker with its delicate approach.
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Healthy, maturing colour. Exotic nose with a touch of coffee and some volatile acidity. Very good concentrated fruit, lovely sweetness, coffee and chocolate. Long finish. Lovely wine!
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Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

18

Inside Information

"A huge, port-like bouquet of chocolatey, cedary, earthy, plummy fruit demonstrates the extraordinary ripeness that was achieved in the 1947 vintage. Very alcoholic, powerful and rich, but at the same time velvety and sweet, this wine was probably as close to a late harvest La Mission-Haut-Brion as one is likely to experience. It is an exceptional wine with great flavor dimension and length." Robert Parker, 

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1947  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Reminded a lot of 1948, but with less intensity and lesser composition. But there was no reason for lament song, because this wine was a true heartbreaker with its delicate approach."

1y 1m ago

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1947  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Healthy, maturing colour. Exotic nose with a touch of coffee and some volatile acidity. Very good concentrated fruit, lovely sweetness, coffee and chocolate. Long finish. Lovely wine!"

2y 10d ago

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