1959 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1959

Médoc - 1er Cru Classé 
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95-100 / 100

Excellent

1959 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1959

Médoc - 1er Cru Classé 

Condition Good

Stock : 0 bottle
2 159,00 € tax incl. 1 799,17 € tax excl.
Avis d'expert
17 / 20
Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson
(1-2002)
Deep ruby with brick rim. Lightweight nose that is sweet rather than subtle. A simple wine with no rough edges but no layers. Opened up in the glass however to something sweet and rather charmingly mushroomy. Bit of brown sugar. Very dry finish but there is real quality here.
93 / 100
Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
(2-1996)
The 1959 Haut-Brion did not live up to expectations. I have had nearly perfect examples of the 1959, often preferring it ever so slightly to the 1961 when tasted side by side. That was not the case in Munich. Although the 1959 was outstanding, it seemed less concentrated, more disjointed, and more evolved than the 1961, displaying a more roasted aromatic profile, and less sweetness and unctuosity than previous bottles.
98 / 100
Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator
(4-1997)
Sensational. Mature, generous and deep, a many-layered wine that shows sweet berry and chocolate flavors under a layer of slightly scratchy tannins. A second bottle was more supple, with a sweeter finish.
98 / 100
Franck Dubourdieu
Franck Dubourdieu
(9-2007)
Most recently, : a wonderful gradatin of colour; showing age but sweet and mellow, with a lovely edge of honeycomb scent after an hour in the glass. A positive, sweet entry and soft. All the component parts working in harmony.
Features
Vintage 1959
Rating 95-100
Classification Médoc - 1er Cru Classé 
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pessac Leognan
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Price More than 300 €
Château Haut Brion
Country France
Château informations
Haut Brion
Haut Brion

It was in 1855 that Château Haut Brion was honored with the highest distinction of Médoc wines: Premier Cru Classé (First Growth). Château Haut Brion is the only non-Médoc domain to be included in the Médoc wine list, as well as the Graves wine classification as a Classified Growth!


Its soil is similar to elsewhere as a brother of Latour. Without being the most concentrated, Haut Brion is the most noble of wines from Pessac-Leognan and its longevity is unparalleled in the industry. The silky tannins are always exceptional. Chateau Haut-Brion is the oldest and yet the smallest of vineyards classified as Premiers Grands Crus in 1855 (Château Lafite-RothschildChâteau LatourChâteau MargauxChâteau Mouton RothschildChâteau Haut-Brion).


Although the vineyard has been active in the region since at least Roman times, the first mention of vineyards of Haut-Brion dates back only to 1423. In the early days, the wines were known by the name of the parishes where they came from. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the leadership of Pontac, the wine first bore the name of this noble and respectable family. Haut Brion was founded in 1525 by Jean de Pontac and since famous people have succeeded. The last of them, Clarence Douglas Dillon, was Minister of Finance of the United States under the Kennedy administration. As its reputation grew, the name of the estate came to replace that of its owners. The concept of Grand Cru is born! We find the first mention in the diary of Samuel Pepys, who wrote April 10, 1663: "I just tasted a French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which has the best and most special taste I've ever enountered."


Among the many great vintages of Château Haut Brion, the exceptional vintages are 1926, 1945, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000.

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