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1957 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan


One bottle of Château Haut-BrionPessac-Léognan, Bordeaux/FranceYear: 1957 vintageOriginal filling quantity: 0.75 lFill level: base of neckRobert Parker (1998): 90/100René Gabriel (2013): 17/20This item contains alcohol and can only be purchased by individuals that meet legal age restriction criteria Condition: The...

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One bottle of Château Haut-Brion
Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux/France
Year: 1957 vintage
Original filling quantity: 0.75 l
Fill level: base of neck
Robert Parker (1998): 90/100
René Gabriel (2013): 17/20
This item contains alcohol and can only be purchased by individuals that meet legal age restriction criteria


The fill level is excellent (base of neck). The label is slightly soiled; the capsule is in a perfect condition.

Spicy food
Mature and hard cheese
Game (deer, venison)

Tasting notes:

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3rd Edition, January 1998): 90/100

In January, 1997, I had the exceptionally smoky, sweet, rich, impressively endowed 1957 Haut-Brion. The wine was fully mature, as evidenced by its dark garnet color with considerable rust. The wine was very aromatic, plump, and succulently textured, with fleshy flavors, plenty of glycerin, and sweet fruit. It is another example of an unheralded vintage producing a top flight wine.

René Gabriel, Bordeaux Total (2013): 17/20

Sehr dunkles Weinrot, noch immer intakt. Geniales, würziges Bouquet, Brazil-Tabak, Torf, Teer, Korinthen, herrliche Kräuternuancen, für den kleinen Jahrgang eine schöne Tiefe. Im Gaumen mit recht viel Fleisch, stoffiges Extrakt, fein kapselige Noten, aromatisches Finale mit einer Nuance von Appenzeller-Kräuterlikör. Macht mir viel Spass. Ist ja schliesslich auch mein Geburts-Jahrgang und in diesem Weinjahr gibt es nicht viel spannende Weine. Nur La Mission ist/wäre noch etwas besser.

When Pessac-Leognan became an independent appellation in 1987, it let a little wind out of the sails of Graves, its former mother ship. Pessac-Leognan was a subregion of Graves when the classification of 1855 formalized what many wine lovers had long agreed upon–that its super-star property, Chateau Haut-Brion, made one of the greatest red wines in the world.Some argued it was the best of the best. So, when Pessac-Leognan left the Graves fold, taking with it Chateau Haut-Brion and several other of top properties, it left Graves with the need to rethink itself. Pessac-Leognan has no such identity issues. Despite the continuing westward encroachment of the city of Bordeaux, it remains a classic region for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc blends of force and elegance. Meanwhile, Pessac-Leognan’s brilliant Semillon-based whites, which pair so beautifully with local Atlantic oysters, are some of the most age-worthy white wines from anywhere. (vivino)

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