Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2016
"Full-bodied, the palate is very tightly wound and super intense with amazing restraint and energy focused around very firm, exquisitely fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing incredibly long and fantastically multilayered. Extraordinary wine." eRobertParker.com
|Grape Blend||Merlot 57.5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 42.5%|
Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 2016 was one of the wines of the Bordeaux vintage. It was purchased in its original wooden case.
Until Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owners of Château Haut-Brion, bought its neighbour, La Mission-Haut-Brion in 1984, it had been its greatest, albeit underperforming, rival. Since the purchase however, and under the (late) legendary Jean-Bernard Delmas and now his son, Jean-Phillipe, La Mission has gone on to produce equally sought after wines.
La Mission specialises in producing good wines even in trickier vintages, and is famed for its quintessentially-tasting Graves style: rich, earthy and full-bodied.
"Deep garnet-purple in color, it is just a little muted to begin, soon unfurling to reveal slowly growing scents of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries, dark chocolate and candied violets with nuances of crushed rocks, tobacco leaf, forest floor and fragrant earth plus a hint of bergamot. Medium-bodied and exquisitely elegant, the palate offers perfectly ripe, fine-grained tannins and tons of freshness with layer upon layer of perfumed fruit and a very long, ferrous-laced finish." robertparker.com
"The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion was stunning from barrel, and now in bottle. It has a sublime bouquet of blackberries, briar and hints of dark chocolate and rose petals that gain intensity with aeration while maintaining ethereal delineation. It never steps on the accelerator too hard. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is still a veneer of new oak that will need to be assimilated over the coming years. This is a deep La Mission that caresses the mouth. Touches of graphite lingering on a finish that fans out gloriously. Is the 2016 up there with the 1955 or 1989? Nearly." Neal Martin