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The Story

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.


Wine Information

Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1959

Château La Mission Haut-Brion’s tasting notes :

A wine very much like those of this vintage, very big, matured colour. The heat during the summer made harmonious, sweet wines leaving plenty of multiple flavours on the palate. At the very end of the tasting, it starts showing its age. This wine has reached its zenith.

Weather conditions
Sum of temperatures : 3310 °C
Rain : 331 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 21
Harvest : from 24/09/1959 to 03/10/1959

Current vintage notes
"The vintage of the century" foretold and baptized before the harvest. After a few
hesitations, the wines have proved magnificent just about everywhere.
Very hot during the harvest. Very concentrated wines.


Vintage 1959

Bordeaux 1959 was proclaimed wine year of the century by overzealous journalists. Although it was a great year, it just wasn't the best year of the century. The year started with ideal weather conditions. The summer was perfect until the fall, when the rains arrived in mid-September. But the rains gave way to hot and dry weather, preparing a magnificent setting for the start of the harvest. The result was a truly ripe and juicy harvest. Reds are generally full-bodied, with mild acidity and an oily mouthfeel that comes from the high alcohol content. Although the vintage is generally compared to 1961, it has much in common with the 1949. The Sauternes vintage was also a success and the region produced very long-lived wines. Once again, Château Lafite-Rothschild was a complete success, sharing the title of best wine of the vintage with Haut-Brion. Hot on their heels are Pétrus, which must be decanted for at least three hours before drinking, and La-Mission-Haut-Brion.


Tasting note


Full, Brick red and Clear


Long and Round


Blackcurrant, Plum, Meaty, Tobacco and Herbs






Well-structured, Complex, Vigor, Full and Sweet

Written Notes

The 1959 La Mission was more chocolaty and rich with a decadent personality.  There was great acidity and superb spice in this incredible wine.  Its chocolate flavors dominated, and light gravel complemented.  This was a special wine woven in the finest cloth that Bordeaux has to offer (98).

  • 98p
The “vintage of the century” was foretold and named already before the harvest. After a few false starts, the wines have proved magnificent. It was very hot during harvesting, which started on 23 September and ended on 3 October at Château La Mission Haut-Brion. An excellent magnum. Decanted for two hours. Deep and clear red-brick colour, with aromas of sweet plum fruit, chocolate, blackcurrant, tobacco and meat. Very open and delicate nose. Very big and muscular La Mission style, similar to 1955 and 1950. It still has powerful tannins and many layers of sweet, velvety fruit flavours on the palate. Nicely balanced with quite low acidity. The finish is extremely long and silky. This 1959 may be the best vintage for drinking today and over the next 10 years.
  • 95p
Barely that extravagant as its big "brother", but there was plenty of wonderful ingredients. Very deep and intense on the nose and palate. Had an evident mark of Cabernet Sauvignon with mint, blackcurrants and leather. Incredibly refined on the palate. Aristocratic and terrifically delicious wine. Still has 10-12 years more life in it.
  • 98p
1959 La Mission Haut Brion: A gorgeous wine and my favourite La Mission. Youthful colour, great concentration of soft fruit. Complex and long finish. Will last forever but why wait? Decant ½ hour and give yourself time to see it grow in the glass.
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