Mission Haut Brion 2015 has been released at €300 per bottle ex-negociant, up 106.9% on the 2014 release price of €145. It is being offered by the international trade at £3,200 per 12×75. This is 125.4% higher than the opening price of the 2014 (£1,420).
As Liv-ex has observed, the gap between 2014 and 2015 release prices has been getting wider as the campaign has gone on. However, an increase of over 100% has so far been unprecedented. Margaux – the highest riser previously – was up 60%. This rise for Mission Haut Brion is quite literally off the charts.
At £3,200, Mission Haut Brion 2015 is pitched close to the 2005, 2009 and 2010 vintages. Its critic reviews also position it among the greats. James Suckling awarded it a straight 100 points, commenting: “This will rank with the best ever from here including 1975 and 1929.” Neal Martin (97-99) made a similar claim: “2015 will rank as one of the great modern-day classics from this grand estate, another to add to that long list of magical La Missions.”
The Chateau has also produced highly scoring wines in a number of “off” years. Buyers looking back might look to 2012: it received 97 points from Robert Parker and is available at a less than half the price of the 2015.
Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2015 was also released today. It came out at €480 per bottle ex-negociant, equal to last year’s release. It is being offered by the trade at £5,100 per 12×75.