La Mission Haut Brion 2010
Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
A strong candidate for a perfect score in about 15 years, the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion could well turn out to be a modern-day version of their 1955. Sadly (or maybe fortunately) for me, I’m not old enough to have tasted the 1955 in 1958 from bottle, but this wine could also be an update on the more modern 2000 which, of course, I know well and actually own. This full-bodied, colossal giant of a wine is one of the goliaths of the vintage. It may well have the highest level of natural alcohol for any wine from the Left Bank of Bordeaux (15.1%) and has the definite potential to be a 50- to 75-year wine. Dense purple, it offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal embers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur along with massive concentration, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel and a monumental finish that goes well past a minute, which I think might be a record for a young Bordeaux. Keep in mind that the 2009, which I gave three digits, came in at 14.7%, but the pH of the 2010 is lower, giving the wine a freshness and precision that is remarkable. The final blend was 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and – unlike the Chapelle de la Mission, which has 26% Cabernet Franc – there’s only 1% Cabernet Franc in the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion. This is a wine for those of you with youth on your side as well as patience. It will need a good decade of cellaring. An amazing wine. Anticipated maturity: 2024-2075+.
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Last Update October 2015
Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is a top winery based in Bordeaux, France, located in the Pessac-Leognan appellation. The Chateau is in the famous wine growing region of Graves, with additional property in Talence. Chateau la Mission Haut Brion has been classified amongst the Grand Crus since the Graves Classification in 1953.
The chateau also produces a secondary wine labeled La Chapelle de la Mission since the 1991 vintage, mainly from its younger vines. A third, dry white wine named Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Blanc is also in production since the merger with Chateau Laville Haut Brion.
Not to be mistaken for the similar namesake Chateau Haut Brion, this prestigious winery repeatedly releases high grade wines at expensive prices, very well known for its remarkable bottle designs.
6,000 - 7,000 cases
Graves - Left Bank
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