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
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Red roses, powdery chalky tannins, grip and lift, this is savoury, concentrated, full of lift and vibrancy, with layers of lush ripe red and black fruits, with the inky stamp of the Cabernet in the vintage, and the caressing tannins that La Mission does so well. Harvest started early and finished late, through to October 5.
    Date Reviewed:
    05/2024
    93-95/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2023 La Mission Haut-Brion was picked between September 5 until October 5, a relatively long picking, at 50hL/ha. It has a wonderful bouquet with brightness and verve: very well-defined red and black fruit, a little floral in style, maybe not as rambunctious as recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins. A perfect line of acidity counterbalances the creamy texture, turning quite plush toward the finish, but it is amazingly well-focused. This is a generous La Mission Haut-Brion that will probably drink earlier than say, the 2022, as winemaker Jean-Philippe Delmas agreed. It’s very fine and very delicious, but I would not place it within the canon of top vintages.
    Date Reviewed:
    04/2024

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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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