Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Château La Mission-Haut-Brion was bought by its neighbour Haut-Brion (Domaine Clarence Dillon) in 1983, since which the estate has gone on to produce highly sought-after fine red wines under the legendary winemaker Jean-Philippe Delmas; renovated the entire property starting with replanting the vineyards, modernization of the chateau and winemaking facilities.
La Mission is perched on a large gravel bank in Grave’s premier Pessac-Léognan sub-appellation, and specialises in producing good wines even in poor vintages. It is famed for its quintessential Graves style: rich, earthy and full-bodied.
La Mission Haut Brion is not quite as old as Château Haut Brion, originally dating back to the 16th century under Jean de Pontac who was also the owner of what later became Haut Brion and has changed hands many times throughout history. Despite the fact that Mission Haut Brion was selling its wine for as much, if not more than any Second Growth Bordeaux, the property was not included in the 1855 Classification.