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  • Country ranking ?

    45
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Loin with Carrot Risotto

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 1955

The 1955 was A happy year. Vineyards were particularly beautiful throughout the region. Ideal harvest conditions and the wines were a success everywhere.

The land that makes up the Château La Mission Haut-Brion estate was donated in 1664 to the congregation of the Lazarites or Prêcheurs de la Mission, established by Saint Vincent de Paul. Appropriated by the government during the Revolution, it was sold in 1792. There were many changes in ownership, until the Woltner family bought the estate in 1919. That family, especially Henri Woltner, built the reputation upon which the wine still stands. The family retained ownership until 1983, when the estate was purchased by its famous neighbour, Château Haut-Brion.
La Mission Haut-Brion had been Haut-Brion’s only serious competitor for the title of the best wine in Graves. Many wine-lovers around the world feared that the characteristic differences between these two neighbouring wines would fade once they were produced by the same winemaker, the brilliant Jean-Bernard Delmas. Luckily they need not have feared, as both wines still number among the best in the world, but are separate and individual.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

15 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long and Lingering

flavors

Leather and Herbs

nose

Intense, Pure, Complex and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Well-structured, Complex, Full-bodied, Rich, Elegant, Fresh and Sweet

Written Notes

The twentieth wine of the night would end up being its finest for me so far. The 1949 Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes had a spiny and spicy nose, showing some of the same, old Burgundy character traits of the Roumier, with more hints of anise and allspice. The Ponsot went one step beyond the Roumier, its richness even more mind-blowing, its minerals and acidity extraordinary. This was breathtaking wine. In the end, the Ponsot ‘killed it’
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A simply staggering wine, possibly the greatest 1955, alongside its Right Bank rival in the vintage, Cheval Blanc. The bouquet is an ovationary mix of blackberries, cedar, cloves and some gentle smokiness. It opens on the palate too like a spice bazaar, then truffles, ceps, red berries at the mid palate. The silky texture, the gorgeous spicy sweetness, the La Mission wildness taking a gracious back seat to the sheer elegance of the ’55 vintage. If Brillat Savarin intoned that black truffles could “make women more tender and men more apt to love,” this wine shines on the same spectrum. Melted tannins, silky texture, on the finish a kaleidoscope of brilliant interlocking flavors that here play the violin rather than blow the trumpets. 99 Points+

  • 99p

1955 La Mission Haut Brion – An easy candidate for wine of the year. This is everything you dream about in a great wine, with room to spare. Once past the smoky, cigar store aromatics, the richness of the fruit, matched with its length and purity are really the stuff dreams are made of. Ridiculously expensive, but if you just won the lottery, or have wealthy friends, this bottle should be on your wishlist! 100 Pts

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Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

2

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1955  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

A simply staggering wine, possibly the greatest 1955, alongside its Right Bank rival in the vintage, Cheval Blanc. The bouquet is an ovationary mix of blackberries, cedar, cloves and some gentle smokiness. It opens on the palate too like a spice bazaar, then truffles, ceps, red berries at the mid palate. The silky texture, the gorgeous spicy sweetness, the La Mission wildness taking a gracious back seat to the sheer elegance of the ’55 vintage. If Brillat Savarin intoned that black truffles could “make women more tender and men more apt to love,” this wine shines on the same spectrum. Melted tannins, silky texture, on the finish a kaleidoscope of brilliant interlocking flavors that here play the violin rather than blow the trumpets. 99 Points+

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 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1955  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

1955 La Mission Haut Brion – An easy candidate for wine of the year. This is everything you dream about in a great wine, with room to spare. Once past the smoky, cigar store aromatics, the richness of the fruit, matched with its length and purity are really the stuff dreams are made of. Ridiculously expensive, but if you just won the lottery, or have wealthy friends, this bottle should be on your wishlist! 100 Pts

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1955  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Belgian bottling. A sophisticated nose, full of sweet cherries and raspberries. Well-composed on the palate with remarkably big concentration, length and aftertaste. Refined and in perfect balance. Wonderful wine of an extremely high quality, which really captivates you. Even if this wine rounded 51 years of age in 2006, it'll easily keep for 6-8 years more."

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1955  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Château La Mission haut-Brion 1955 / 99 points / Young colour. A wonderful complex nose. Lots of power. Very, very good. A great wine! "

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1955  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"1955 Château La Mission Haut Brion Magnum / Young colour. A wonderful complex nose. Lots of power. Very, very good. A great wine! 99 pts"

1y 9m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1955  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"The twentieth wine of the night would end up being its finest for me so far. The 1949 Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes had a spiny and spicy nose, showing some of the same, old Burgundy character traits of the Roumier, with more hints of anise and allspice. The Ponsot went one step beyond the Roumier, its richness even more mind-blowing, its minerals and acidity extraordinary. This was breathtaking wine. In the end, the Ponsot ‘killed it’ "

4y 8m ago

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