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1959 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Summary and Recommendations: 1975-vintage-port
Welcome to Vintage Wine and Port's 1959 wine page. Read on for our summary of the 1959 vintage, our top recommendations and region reports. Scroll down to see all of our wines currently available. If you cannot find what you are looking for please call us on 01425 837177 or Contact Us. We would love to help you with your wine choice!

The last vintage of the '50s was legendary for Bordeaux, which produced a bounty of rich, velvety, sumptuous wines. These wines were known for their tannin and alcohol, and the very best should still be drinking well now. The Italian harvest was also very good but often eclipsed by shouldering vintages. The Port vintage failed to wow and went undeclared.

Our Wine Expert currently recommends the following wines for this year:

  • Cantine Antonia Ferrari 1959
  • Salento 1959 Rosso Ruffino
  • Chateau Sigalas Rabaud 1959 Sauternes 1er Cru Classes – Half bottle
  • Chateau Haut Bages Liberal 1959 Pauillac 5th Growth Classification

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    Bordeaux: 1959 was one of the great vintages of the century producing wines that are full-bodied, extremely alcoholic and opulent, with high degrees of tannin and extract. Initially the wines were criticised for having low acidity, however over time the wines have matured more slowly than the great vintage of 1961 and now after six decades the wines surpass the 1961s in many cases. Well-stored 1959 wines are still at their peak and will remain so for years to come, making an excellent wine gift for a birthday or anniversary.
     
    Italian: The 1959 Italian wine vintage was a very good vintage that has often been overlooked in favour of the outstanding 1958 and 1961 vintages. The wines produced exhibit a deep colour, rich intensity and have a good structure. The top quality Italian reds such as Barolo and Brunello are still drinking well today.
     
    Portugal: The 1959 port wine vintage was a poor one. There were no declarations for vintage port and only a few single harvest colheitas were made.

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    Barbaresco, 1959

    Produttori del Barbaresco - Riserva

    Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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    Price: $261.16 USD
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    Cantine Antonio Ferrari, 1959

    Antonio Ferrari
    *** 97 Points *** Wine Advocate

    *** 97 Points *** Wine Advocate

    This 1959 Wine from Solaria Jonica wine is an outstanding vintage wine and absolute "must have" for anyone celebrating a special Birthday or anniversary from this year. It is highly recommended by our wine buyer and many leading wine critics.

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    "No, the vintage date of this wine is not an error. Just released, it is a selection of old-vine Primitivo grown south of Taranto and only now hitting the market. No one seems to know whether the fermentation was stopped by fortifying the wine or if it just stopped on its own as a result of the superlative richness of the must, but the fact remains that, with close to 14% of alcohol, it is as sweet as a great Recioto, a wine which it greatly resembles.
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    Price: $216.54 USD
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel, 1959

    St Estephe 2nd Growth Classification
    very top shoulder | Good label

    Dark cherry berry scents with herbal elements, quite rich and impressive aromatically. Dark dried fruit elements and bold black mineral extract, chewy and just a bit lean with wonderful deep spice.

    Château Cos d'Estournel is a prestigious wine estate located in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux, France. Established in the early 19th century by Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel, the estate is renowned for its grand architectural style, including the iconic pagodas that distinguish its winery. Covering approximately 100 hectares, the vineyard benefits from a unique terroir of gravel and clay soils, ideal for cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.
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    Price: $859.60 USD
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    Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal, 1959

    Pauillac 5th Growth Classification, J. Calvet & Cie Negotiants, bottled by David Sandeman & Son Ltd

    It still possesses an opaque dark garnet colour, followed by a moderately intense nose of road tar, herbs, cedar, truffles, and black fruit that is somewhat dominated by the more earthy/animal side. Full-bodied, coarse and rustic, revealing exciting levels of extract.

    Château Haut-Bages Libéral is a distinguished wine estate located in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux, France. With a heritage that stretches back centuries, the estate has earned acclaim for producing exceptional red wines. Encompassing approximately 30 hectares, the vineyard benefits from gravelly and sandy soils, well-suited for cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes.
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    Price: $255.91 USD
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    Chateau Latour, 1959

    Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe -
    High shoulder- Bin soiled label
    **98 Points-Wine Advocate**

    Château Latour is one of Bordeaux's – and the world's – most famous wine producers. It is situated in the southeast corner of the Pauillac commune on the border of Saint-Julien, in the Médoc region. Rated as a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, it has become one of the most sought-after and expensive wine producers on the planet, and produces powerfully structured Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wines capable of lasting many decades.


    Dark garnet with an amber edge, the 1959 Latour reveals a touch of volatile acidity in the nose, along with aromas of melted caramel, tobacco, and jammy red and black fruits.
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    Price: $2,749.41 USD
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    Chateau Lynch-Bages, 1959

    Pauillac 5me Cru Classe, Bordeaux
    Mid Shoulder Level

    Chateau Lynch-Bages makes rich, powerful, full-bodied wines capable of long life.

    Robert Parker Writes of this wine "This is a superlative wine. Such consistent brilliance was not again evident until the succession of super performances that began in 1982." Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    Château Lynch-Bages is an iconic wine estate located in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux, France. With a history dating back to the 18th century, the estate has established itself as one of the leading producers of exceptional red wines. Encompassing approximately 100 hectares, the vineyard benefits from gravelly soils and a maritime climate,
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    Price: $688.99 USD
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    Chateau Montrose, 1959

    St Estephe, 2eme Cru Classe, Bordeaux
    *** 93 Points Robert Parker (NM) ***

    *** 93 Points Robert Parker (NM) ***

    Reviews: "Tasted at the Montrose vertical in Stamford, the 1959 Montrose out-performed the 1961. It displayed a rich, deep red color with some bricking on the rim commensurate with age. The bouquet is winsome: black and red fruit, dried herbs, chlorophyll and rose petals that gently unfurl. The palate is medium-bodied with notes of cedar and damp earth, commendable depth of fruit and quite structured for a 1959. No, not a sumptuous old Claret, perhaps a little serious, yet this 1959 Montrose is just full of elan and will continue to drink well for a decade if bottles are of sound provenance.
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    Price: $780.86 USD
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    Chateau Sigalas Rabaud, 1959

    Sauternes 1er Cru Clas

    The 1959 Sigalas Rabaud is a stylish, finesse-styled Sauternes, with a lovely roasted/sweet honeyed character with melon, tropical fruit, and vanillin scents. This is a textbook example of Sigalas Rabaud that requires consumption.
    The 1959 vintage is considered historic and is part of a period in Bordeaux that produced exceptional wines. Wines from this vintage, including those from Sauternes estates like Sigalas Rabaud, are highly valued by collectors for their quality and aging potential.

    Château Sigalas-Rabaud is a prestigious wine estate located in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux, France.
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    Price: $518.39 USD
    Stock: 6 in Stock

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    Chianti, 1959

    Attilio Pagni - Riserva

    Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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    Price: $195.54 USD
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    Domaine et Terroirs du Sud, 1959

    Domaine et Terroirs du Sud, Maury

    96 points Vinous
    This 1959 Maury may ultimately turn out to be Philippe Gayral's greatest find. It comes from the oldest parcels of Grenache Noir and Carignan and spent 40 years in wooden foudres. It has a lucid amber hue. The bouquet is utterly sublime: red plum, Hoisin, mulberry, burnt toffee, stewed Clementines and just a hint of VA giving it life. Wonderful! The palate is beautifully balanced with disarming fine, almost filigree tannins. Stewed red fruit, fig jam, tayberry, Moroccan spices and quince suffuse this Maury that has outstanding length and delineation. The 300 bottles produced are due to be released later this year.
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    Price: $242.79 USD
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    Gattinara, 1959

    Valsesia Vini Borgomanero

    Gattinara is a red Italian wine produced from Nebbiolo grapes grown within the boundaries of the commune of Gattinara which is located in the hills in the north of the province of Vercelli, northwest of Novara in the Piedmont region. The wine is made from a minimum of 90% Nebbiolo grapes and is renowned for its longevity. Notes: a meaty, chunky wine with a subtle, clean nose. Hints of tar and bark, with undertones of cherries and rose petals. Light tannins.
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    Price: $248.04 USD
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    Grignolino, 1959

    Fontanafredda

    The Grignolino wines have a light ruby red color, tending to orange with aging. Have a characteristic odor and delicate in the mouth are dry, slightly tannic, bitter pleasant, with a characteristic aftertaste.
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    Price: $169.30 USD
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    Lagrein, 1959

    F.lli Dorigati fu Pio

    Lagrein produces wine which has high acidity and low pH, and highly tannic. Eric Asimov notes that Lagrein produces “ ... congenial, straightforward wines that can be deliciously plummy, earthy and chewy, dark and full-bodied but not heavy, with a pronounced minerally edge.”
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    Price: $169.30 USD
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    Salento, 1959

    Rosso, Ruffino, Puglia

    Salento is in the region of Puglia on the heel of Italy. The Ruffino is a fortified wine made predominantly from the primitivo grape. The wine has a liquorice and spice bouquet, a mediaum body and a long alcoholic finish.
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    Price: $255.91 USD
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    Tokaji, 1959

    Budafok - Szamorodni (Half litre, 50cl)

    Hungary’s most famous dessert wine is Tokaji the legendary sweet elixir. It can only be spoken in the superlative about this wine, as it is a medicine, a real nectar. The name Tokaji (which is of Protected Designation of Origin) is used for labeling wines from this wine district. The location of the region has a unique climate, beneficial to this particular viniculture, due to the protection of the nearby mountains, long warm autumns and mists that come in from the River Bodrog, creating perfect conditions for noble rot. Creating the botrytised ('aszú') grapes for which the region is famous. A wonderful sweet wine from this renowned producer.
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    Price: $321.53 USD
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    Tokaji, 1959

    Aszu, 6 Puttonyos Monimpex - Azzu (Half litre, 50cl)

    Hungary’s most famous dessert wine is Tokaji the legendary sweet elixir. It can only be spoken in the superlative about this wine, as it is a medicine, a real nectar. The name Tokaji (which is of Protected Designation of Origin) is used for labeling wines from this wine district. The location of the region has a unique climate, beneficial to this particular viniculture, due to the protection of the nearby mountains, long warm autumns and mists that come in from the River Bodrog, creating perfect conditions for noble rot. Creating the botrytised ('aszú') grapes for which the region is famous. A wonderful sweet wine from this renowned producer.
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    Price: $426.52 USD
    Stock: 1 in Stock

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