Château La Mission Haut Brion, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2017

  Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Produced from 56% Merlot, 4.4% Cabernet Franc and 39.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a very complete and handsome La Mission. Initially it is quite introspective and requires a little coaxing. Little by little it displays its fine perfume of violets, crème de cassis, wood spice and minerals. It is not as grand as the epic 2016, but it is packed with aristocratic flavours and has the most wonderful reserve, this is a tight knit, rather coy example that will keep developing and surprising. On the palate there are waves of pure crème de mûre fruit with notes of crushed rocks and dark chocolate nibs. This is taut and muscular with a real sense of tension. The tannins are imposing and covered in lacy, smoky fruit. We have no doubt that this is another magnificent Mission, but be prepared to wait!

Contains Sulphites.

About Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Haut Brion’s sister property has a habit of trumping its more illustrious sibling. Owned by Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A., La Mission’s vineyards lie in the same suburbs as those of Haut Brion on deep gravel croupes interspersed with clay. The cepage is not dissimilar in the red wine (48% Cabernet, 45% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc) although the Haut Brion Blanc (formally Laville Haut Brion) has a lot more Semillon in the blend than Haut Brion Blanc.

Stylistically, La Mission Haut Brion rouges is more accessible and open than the deeply mineral and slightly introverted Haut Brion when young, but given time the Haut Brion will begin to show its power. Both wines reward long term aging to be at their best.

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.