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 1961
Château La Mission Haut-Brion’s tasting notes :
This is a wine of a rare perfection. In spite of its 30 years, it tastes very young. A great wine, rich but very elegant. Truffle, game, heavy fragrances are the distinctive marks of this elegant full wine.
A unique bottle. Suave but complex, an
exceptional harmony make this wine difficult to describe. An impression of harmony and fullness on the palate Marvelous today, but can still age for many more years.
Sum of temperatures : 3294 °C
Rain : 213 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 27
Harvest : from 12/09/1961 to 25/09/1961
Current vintage notes
At Château La Mission Haut-Brion a short period of intense cold at the end of May caused "exceptional coulure" (the lack of pollinization due to wet or cold weather). A hot summer, but above all very dry (the driest on record). A very fine September yielded a harvest with good maturity and concentration. Harvesting began on September 12th and ended on September 25th.
Chris Munro, Head of Christie's London Wine Department: “A tremendous start to the year 2014 for wine at King Street, London, which realised remarkable results selling 97% by lot and 98% by value. The sale saw strong international participation throughout, which was led by seven bottles of rare Château La Mission-Haut-Brion, 1961 selling for £12,925. There was fierce bidding for a fine collection of Unico from Vega Sicilia, consigned directly from Spain, as twelve bottles of the 1970 fetched £4,465 Elsewhere in the sale, fine Burgundy from Henri Jayer continued to draw bids from around the globe as we saw five bottles of Echézeaux 1983 making £8,225 well above its pre-sale estimate.