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100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a perfect wine that takes you to a different place. Just the most beautiful bouquet you can imagine, effortless and natural, with woodland, red-berried fruits, a minerally quality and a faint touch of leafiness and with time to settle it develops a lovely gamey note. The palate is medium- rather than full-bodied with sublime balance, upholding that effortless grace with an elegant, bittersweet, dried orange peel finish. One of the most harmonious wines that I have ever consumed
94 points Vinous
The 1945 La Mission Haut-Brion is more floral, lifted and savory than the Haut-Brion. Hints of kirsch, grilled herbs and crushed flowers wrap around the subtle finish. Next to the Haut-Brion, the La Mission comes across as a bit more aromatically expressive. Wild flowers, spices and tobacco add the final layers of nuance. This is another delicate, sensual La Mission. What a flight. In 1945, World War II had barely come to an end, London was ravaged and yet somehow, these wines were made and have survived, intact, to this day. The 1945 La Mission is striking today. Well-stored bottles will offer plenty of pleasure over the next handful of years, perhaps longer.
La Mission Haut Brion is situated in Bordeaux' southern suburb, Talence. From 1919 and until 1983, it was Woltner family, who had owned this property. Under Woltner's reign, La Mission Haut Brion experienced one of its greatest period with string of fine vintages and was considered then as fully on the level with First Growths and sometimes even better than these. In 1983, owners of Haut Brion purchased La Mission Haut Brion and today its Jean Philippe Delmas, who's responsible for this property.
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.
The world’s best wine vintage – 1947 or 1945? Tastingbook tasted all the best wines from these two great vintages.
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.
We 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.
1945 was an exceptional year throughout the whole France, from Côte-Rôtie to Bordeaux. Due to the warm and dry conditions, the grapes were very concentrated and produced an extraordinary, but unfortunately small yield. The harvest in 1945 was an early harvest, which started on the same date as 1982, September 13. The wines began life with massive levels of tannin and took quite a few decades to develop. Due to the high tannin levels, many of the wines still show well today.