A very fine vintage from La Mission Haut-Brion; concentrated, aromatic and complex. Wait a decade or so before drinking and expect a good long life!
This wine was expertly crafted from a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Created by the noble Lestonnac family in the early years of the sixteenth century, the vineyard of Château La Mission Haut-Brion owes its name and its reputation to the Prêcheurs de la Mission. This was the Bordeaux branch of the Congregation de la Mission de Saint-Lazare, commonly known as the Lazerites. This organisation oversaw the whole estate from 1682 until it was confiscated during the French Revolution.
No one is quite sure why Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion was not listed as one of the Classified Growths of 1855. At the time, its wines were of high quality, were trading at prices which were comparable to those listed as First Growths, and was located within one of the permitted communes. Further confusion is generated with the knowledge that La Mission was awarded the Gold Medal, a mere seven years later, at the 1862 International Exhibition in London.
Today La Mission is still operating as a top level estate. Liv-Ex, the worlds leading exchange for fine wine, reviewed the original 1855 Classification for a modern economic context and included Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion as a Premier Cru estate.
57.5% merlot, 42.5% cabernet sauvignon. Great depth, impressively open perfumed rose petal nose, with mint and wood smoke, excellent density and volume the palate it is seamless again and rides on the acidity, into the toasty mineral tannic finish. Very long and very fine.
The texture to this is very beautiful with chewy yet very polished tannins. Full-bodied, tight and mouth-filling. Starts very slowly and then takes off. Love the energy in this.
Glowing deep crimson. Very intense and ripe. Snazzy and spicy. Polished and racy. Very firm and lots of ripe tannins – very much à La Mission. Super-sophisticated. Inky and fresh and so ripe and confident. A dry style but great. Racy but tannic.
The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion is a total knockout. Vertical and powerful, but not at all austere, it exudes class. Fine-grained tannins support the fruit, but they are barely felt, as the wine's balance is so extraordinary. Lifted floral notes and a host of red fruits give the 2016 energy and verve. I can't wait to see how it ages.
"The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. ""We had to be patient and wait for each plot,"" Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. ""It took longer than usual."" As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the ""gaff over the road"" Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation. I thought that the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion flirted with perfection. The 2016 has that extra edge, a ""je ne sais quoi"" that leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives."
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