Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Grand Cru Classe, Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France 2018
"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 53%, Cabernet Sauvignon 43%, Cabernet Franc 4%|
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 purple-black in color, it slowly unfurls to reveal a beguiling nose of earth and soft-spoken fruit, opening with wild blueberries, wet slate, pencil lead and fresh black cherries giving way to a serious core of blackcurrant cordial, baked plums and wild sage, and then exposing delicate wafts of rose hip tea and candied violets. 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." robertparker.com
"Haut Brion is always going to be a tough act to follow. La Mission has a sweeter flavour profile both on the nose and palate. Almost jammy. Blackcurrant and creamy vanilla with a little saline, and black olive note. The tannins are bold and firm, offering a delightful mineral texture and the freshness lively through to the long and excellent finish."