Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 2000

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 2000

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Merlot 58%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32%, Cabernet Franc 10% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Jean-Philippe Delmas Optimum Drinking: 2020-2050 Reviewer Rating: 100 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 100271
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Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2000 is a stunning wine from a great Bordeaux vintage. La Mission is luxuriously rich, intense and powerful. It is drinking beautifully well now, but promises so much more with bottle age.

The Graves' premiere appellation of Pessac-Léognan was one of the stars of the Millennium vintage, where harvesting took place in perfect conditions. The best wines were richly textured, concentrated, fat and well structured with lusciously sweet fruit.


"One of the wines of the vintage, the 2000 has barely budged in its evolution since it was bottled and released in 2002. After ten years in bottle, it still reveals a dense opaque purple color along with a potentially sensational bouquet of blueberries, black currants, graphite, asphalt and background oak. Extremely powerful, full-bodied and superbly concentrated with good acidity and high but round tannins, this massive La Mission-Haut-Brion should take its place among this estate’s most hallowed vintages when it hits full maturity in another one to two decades. I was surprised by just how youthful this wine tasted at age 12. If tasted blind, I would have guessed it to be around 4 to 5 years old." Robert Parker

"Lovely aromas of dried lavender, crushed berries and minerals. Full-bodied, with firm, yet polished tannins and a medium finish of tobacco, berry and dark chocolate. A balanced and very pretty young red...clearly outstanding." Wine Spectator

"Full-blown aromas of dark berries, smoked meat, tobacco and iron. Lush, thick and ripe; really builds steadily in the mouth and explodes on the back end. Quintessential La Mission notes of tobacco, minerals, tar and hot stones. Today the 2001 seems even more sharply etched but this is denser, riper and deeper, with perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes very long, with huge, palate-coating tannins." Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar