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

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

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Château La Mission Haut Brion, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 1996

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Château La Mission Haut Brion, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 1996
ABV:
13%
96/100
Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2009 La Mission Haut-Brion has a very harmonious bouquet with detailed blackberry, raspberry, warm gravel and hints of leather, gaining intensity with aeration. The warmth of the summer comes through, although it does not impede upon the terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, not quite as finessed as the nose suggest. Hints of juniper and bay leaf infuse the melted red fruit towards the persistent finish, though it does not deliver the killer knockout blow. Very seductive though. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.
Date Reviewed:
03/2019

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Château La Mission Haut-Brion

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.

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