Château Puech Haut

Château Sociando-Mallet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Sociando normally doesn’t disappoint, and it didn’t today but I must admit it didn’t meet expectations neither. A certain bitterness that bothered me, kind of unripe taste that shouldn’t be there taking the age into account — 4 days ago

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Château La Tour Carnet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

We had this wine 1 and 2 years ago where we weren’t impressed. Today, it was great! Still lot’s of fruit but well integrated tannin. Very good! — 23 days ago

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Château Cissac

Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

This bottle of Chateau Cissac from the Haut Medoc region of Bordeaux is excellent. I think this is my first true dive into the Bordeaux appellation. This wine was highly recommended from the folks at Craft and Cru in Milton. This is a true well-balanced drink with a smoked cedar flavor, complimenting the richness of blueberry and plum flavors. This bottle of Bordeaux is rich and has a great finish that lingers well after each sip. — 18 days ago

Château le Fournas Bernadotte

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Apparently got from tinderbox! Drinking during coronavirus quarantine. To me, dry fruity and grapy so very earthy. Sophisticated. Really like. A wonderful surprise to find in the rack.  — 7 days ago

Chateau D'Hanteillan

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

A very pleasant Bordeaux at a great price point. Let it breath for a bit. Nice dark fruit and tobacco. Glad I have a 2and btl, I plan on getting more. — 9 days ago

Château La Lauzette

Frans & Liz Roskam Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Dried cherry, blackberry, wet stone. A tart finish. Really delicious! — 7 days ago

Château Lanessan

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Quarantine quaff with a decent qpr — 9 days ago

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Meyer-Fonné

Gallus Pinot Noir 2017

A dry but not astringent finish follows abstraction in the mouth. Maybe a little dry for an Alsatian Pinot, but this is beautifully crafted. — 13 days ago

Château Larose Perganson

Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Not overly complex...probably too young. Very subtle berries and dries over great length. — 2 days ago

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2001

David T
9.5

So, if it’s my birthday celebration, there is a juicy ribeye & some old(er) Claret.

My only disappointment with this bottle is as good as it is, there are better things still down the road.

The nose reveals classic Claret. There are earthy, funky fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets.

The body is medium full with rounded, nicely resolved, tarry tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance are really singing. It would be good to have another 2001 LMHB in ten years. While 2001 wasn’t a critically acclaimed vintage, I think LMHB over performed the vintage. As well, it followed a grand 2000 vintage which, handicapped it from the start. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries, bright cherries, rhubarb, figs, with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry top soil, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice with soft heat, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets. The acidity is excellent...like a gentle rain shower. The long finish is elegance defined, extremely well balanced ending in soft, round, dry, dusty tannins with beautiful spice.

Photos of; Chateau La Mission Haut Brion & estate vines, beautiful barrel room, pond & Roman columns and the back vow of the Chateau.

Please indulge me while I post some history on this grand producer. As much as I love the wine, I love the history & people that do the hard work to bring us such great wines.

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is not quite as old as Chateau Haut Brion. However, they are opposite side of the road neighbors. La Mission Haut Brion dates back to the late 16th century. The property came into being after it was purchased by Jean de Pontac in 1533. US winery history is a baby compared to France.

In 1607, the estate changed hands. It was inherited by Ms. Olive de Lestonnac. What an inheritance!

In 1815, something rare happened. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion became the property of an American owner, the Chiapelle family. At the time, the family was already involved in the Bordeaux wine trade. In fact, they knew about the business as they had managed a myriad of different estates including Chateau Cos d’ Estournel.

La Mission Haut Brion continued to change hands until it was finally sold to another American family, the Woltner’s. Frederic Woltner purchased La Mission Haut Brion in 1919. The also became owners on Howell Mountain.

It changed hands one final time in 1983 when it was purchased by Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owner of neighboring, Chateau Haut Brion. They renovated the entire property, starting with replanting the vineyards which, was completed in 1987.

The 26 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is planted to; 45.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.8% Merlot and 10.4% Cabernet Franc. 3.5 hectares of vines are reserved for the production of the white Bordeaux.

To produce the red wine of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, the wine is vinified in large, 180 hectoliter, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and aged in 100% new, French oak for an average of 22 months. The annual production of La Mission Haut Brion averages between 6,000 and 7,000 cases per year.
— 4 days ago

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Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

@David T great review
Sharon B

Sharon B

Enjoy !
David T

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@Stuart Scheff Thank you! Cheers! 🍷