1959 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WS 98
  • WA 93
  • IWC 93

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$2,100.00

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Reg: $2,500.00

$2,100.00

This product is
out of stock

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WS 98
Wine Spectator, April 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.--Haut-Brion... 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.--Haut-Brion vertical. -HS
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 1996
...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.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2002
Full medium red. Grilled nuts and maple syrup on the nose along with a whiff of old wood; slight suggestion of maderization. Vinous but on the lean side with a slight hardness. A less-than-stellar bottle that losing its... Full medium red. Grilled nuts and maple syrup on the nose along with a whiff of old wood; slight suggestion of maderization. Vinous but on the lean side with a slight hardness. A less-than-stellar bottle that losing its fruit. ($1395-$1475): Old aromas of plum marzipan and nutty oak. Lovely sweetness and mellow fruit enlivened by superb vinosity. Complicating note of tobacco. Very much an old wine but still with considerable appeal and length if a trace of finishing dryness. But not a great bottle of this wine which I've scored in the recent past as high as 98 points.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 1959

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Haut-Brion’s grand vin is the embodiment of five centuries of tradition and plays a pivotal role in the worldwide history of wine. It is the oldest of the Bordeaux classed growths, the inventor of a new style of wine fashioned in the seventeenth century, and considered the world’s first luxury brand.

Typically more Merlot dominant than other Left Bank wines, the terroir of Haut-Brion is expressed through its empyreumatic bouquet (Havana cigars, chocolate, roasting, cedar wood, and so on). The attack is restrained, with precise yet exceedingly soft tannins. But the power of this wine is revealed in the surprising long mid-palate and even longer finish.

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Haut Brion

The oldest of Bordeaux’s five first growths and the only property outside the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, Chateau Haut-Brion was founded by Jean de Pontac in 1533. The name derives from the Celtic word briga, meaning “hill” or “high place”, and refers to the gravelly elevated terrain situated between the Le Peuge and Le Serpent streams.

History shows that as early as 1660, Haut-Brion wines were already appreciated at royal tables as evidenced by the purchase of 169 bottles by King Charles II of England, noted in the royal cellar book. Among the wine’s admirers are the famous London diarist Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Jefferson, who had distinguished the wine’s quality long before the 1855 Classification.

Arnaud III de Pontac was responsible for building the estate’s international reputation and for creating a new style of wine that is the basis for all currently classified growths - an era which historians have described as a revolution in winemaking.

Chateau Haut-Brion was acquired by the American financier Clarence Dillon on May 13, 1935 and has been managed by the same family since. Much of the estate’s success is also credited to the Delmas family, who have worked the estate for three generations. Nearly five centuries after the creation of its vineyard and 350 years after the first published mention under its current name, Chateau Haut-Brion remains one of the finest wines in the world today.