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  • Country ranking ?

    135
  • Producer ranking ?

    7
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Pork Tenderloin

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 1961

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.

Weather conditions
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.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

34 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Brick red and Bright

ending

Long, Smooth and Lingering

flavors

Tobacco, Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Licorice, Violet and Leather

nose

Intense, Complex, Ripe and Charming

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Complex, Balanced, Concentrated, Youthful, Full-bodied, Rich, Ripe, Elegant and Drying tannins

Verdict

Excellent and Transparent

Written Notes

The 1961 La Mission Haut Brion that followed was spectacular. There was typical gravel and chocolate in the nose, with aromas of stones, smoke and black fruits. This was a rich and decadent wine, sexy juice that was absolutely delicious. It doesn’t get much better (98).

  • 98p
Close to 1955 La Mission in terms of style and quality, but without same intensity on the nose and palate. There was however no doubt, that this wine was sublime and of extremely high quality. Will last for another 5-7 years in the cellar.
  • 96p
Magnum
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass Time

2h

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98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1961  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

The 1961 La Mission Haut Brion that followed was spectacular. There was typical gravel and chocolate in the nose, with aromas of stones, smoke and black fruits. This was a rich and decadent wine, sexy juice that was absolutely delicious. It doesn’t get much better (98).

8m 23d ago

96p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1961  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Close to 1955 La Mission in terms of style and quality, but without same intensity on the nose and palate. There was however no doubt, that this wine was sublime and of extremely high quality. Will last for another 5-7 years in the cellar."

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96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1961  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"The Cardinal noted ‘a little VA’ in the second wine of this flight. It was quite stony in its earthy and sweaty nose. The palate was long and tight, make that long, tight and hot. It had a zippy, muscular finish, but The Punisher also found it ‘affected.’ Its acidity was stronger than the HB, and its finish was hotter and longer. A smoky, dry mesquite edge emerged on this probably (96+A) wine."

4y 3m ago

99p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1961  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"'Wine of the Night.' Dalia noted 'red peppers and parsley or garlic,' whichI saw. There was rich, chunky fruit, dripping black and purple ones, and lots of iron, minerals and cedar. 'Some lemon cream in the back,' Dalia cooed. The wine had a divine balance of its wood components, practically perfect. The palate was superb; its acidity blew away the other 1961's and made me want to downgrade every other wine. Its acidity was that superior. There was great t 'n a, great vigor, and it was indeed 'WOTN.' Phil stuck with the 1955 Trotanoy, but the cedar and mineral flavors of the La Miss were ridiculous. It was a magical bottle that makes tasting old wine so worthwhile and the occasional off bottle a distant and forgotten memory "

4y 6m ago

94p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1961  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Just tasted the world's oldest official vintage - 1727 - still very drinkable and elegant - have you tasted it"

5y 7m ago

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