Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 1995

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 1995

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France




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Grape Varietes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Jean-Philippe Delmas Optimum Drinking: 2020-2035 Reviewer Rating: 95 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 100233
Estate Notes

Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1995 requires just a little more patience in bottle and comes from a very good to excellent year on the left bank, with great consistency of quality throughout, especially in the northern Médoc appellations of Saint-Julien Saint Estèphe and Pauillac. Big in structure, weight and tannin, these are wines for the long-haul, and have proved even better than anticipated after some bottle-age.

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 legendary Jean-Philippe Delmas, who has been a hugely successful winemaker at Haut-Brion, La Mission has gone on to produce equally sought after wines.

La Mission specialises in producing good wines even in poor vintages, and is famed for its quintissentially-tasting Graves style: rich, earthy and full-bodied.


"This vintage is aging at a glacial pace and the tannins are currently more significant than their counterbalancing components of fruit and glycerin. While the word “potential” seems to be the most positive descriptor for this vintage, there are some nagging doubts about whether all the tannins will melt away and the fruit will hold. As in most 1995s, the color remains a healthy dark plum/purple. One of the bigger wines of the vintage, the ripe, powerful Merlot component has buttressed the Cabernet elements, giving the wine plenty of body, tannin and La Mission’s classic asphalt, cassis, blackberry, smoky barbecue, meaty notes intermixed with a hint of hot rocks." Robert Parker

"Subtle aromas of sweet tobacco, cigar box and ripe strawberry. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated, tightly woven tannins. Chewy, rich." Wine Spectator

"Good full red. Pungent redcurrant, mineral, plum, coffee and smoke aromas. Penetrating, firm, and tightly wound, with excellent intensity and delineation of flavor; hiding its density today. Very long and firm on the back end; tannins coat the entire mouth. A strong showing for this wine." Stephen Tanzer