Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.4794 ratings
9.4228 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
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9.8

The 1978 La Mission Haut-Brion is a candidate for the greatest Bordeaux wines produced during the 1970s. Without question, it is the highlight of the vintage. I have tasted it several times over the years and each time, my appreciation is heightened further. Still youthful in appearance, the bouquet soars from the glass with almost high-toned blackberry, cigar humidor, warm gravel and that signature trait of black olive. You could nose this all day. The palate is medium-bodied yet there is much more density than you will find on other 1978s. Notes of black fruit, bay leaf, graphite and earthy tones, the latter emphasized with aeration. Decanting is strongly advised because it responds to a long opening, deepening all the time, developing a sustained cedar tincture that lingers in the mouth. It is a fabulous La Mission Haut-Brion that at 40-years continues to give so much pleasure. Tasted at a private dinner in London (ex-château bottle). (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

The 1978 La Mission Haut-Brion is a candidate for the greatest Bordeaux wines produced during the 1970s. Without question, it is the highlight of the vintage. I have tasted it several times over the years and each time, my appreciation is heightened further. Still youthful in appearance, the bouquet soars from the glass with almost high-toned blackberry, cigar humidor, warm gravel and that signature trait of black olive. You could nose this all day. The palate is medium-bodied yet there is much more density than you will find on other 1978s. Notes of black fruit, bay leaf, graphite and earthy tones, the latter emphasized with aeration. Decanting is strongly advised because it responds to a long opening, deepening all the time, developing a sustained cedar tincture that lingers in the mouth. It is a fabulous La Mission Haut-Brion that at 40-years continues to give so much pleasure. Tasted at a private dinner in London (ex-château bottle). (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

May 24th, 2018
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9.6

The 2014 La Mission Haut-Brion has a sophisticated, very detailed bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow, cedar and graphite. This is very focused and yet at the same time quite controlled and discrete. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, cedar and touches of allspice. I love the depth of this wine and the gentle grip towards the finish. It knows not to push too hard in this growing season and that results in a very classy wine. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, March 2018)

The 2014 La Mission Haut-Brion has a sophisticated, very detailed bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow, cedar and graphite. This is very focused and yet at the same time quite controlled and discrete. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, cedar and touches of allspice. I love the depth of this wine and the gentle grip towards the finish. It knows not to push too hard in this growing season and that results in a very classy wine. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, March 2018)

Mar 28th, 2018
Nico J. Snyman

Wine 3 of the night, just behind the ‘59 Mission & ‘59 Mouton.

Wine 3 of the night, just behind the ‘59 Mission & ‘59 Mouton.

Feb 12th, 2018
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.4

Phenomenal

Phenomenal

Dec 1st, 2017
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

8.9

Was good but thinner than expected and seemed to loose fruit as opened. Mid weight and showed some dark fruit and herbs and at least some tannic left to think about holding rest.

Was good but thinner than expected and seemed to loose fruit as opened. Mid weight and showed some dark fruit and herbs and at least some tannic left to think about holding rest.

Nov 13th, 2017
Brad Hemmer

Blueberry, plum, dusty forest floor, spice.

Blueberry, plum, dusty forest floor, spice.

Nov 8th, 2017
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.4

Super classic, refined and elegant, offering grainy tannins, cedar, red and dark berries, dusty minerality and hints of chocolate. No rush here, but won't last forever.

Super classic, refined and elegant, offering grainy tannins, cedar, red and dark berries, dusty minerality and hints of chocolate. No rush here, but won't last forever.

Aug 26th, 2017
Jason Chang

Proprietor NINE SUNS Winery, HOUYI Vineyard

9.9

Thanks to @Greg Gregory This is my 2nd fav BDX of all time. Wow.

Thanks to @Greg Gregory This is my 2nd fav BDX of all time. Wow.

Jul 17th, 2017
Alex Powell

Sappy and deep nose of moss and mushroom, iron, blood and cherry jam, touch white pepper. Long and first rate palate, a little closed compared to nose bit very mineral and mossy, irony, and spicy. Lots of rock in a classic style i really enjoy. Beautiful, but i can't justify paying $600 for it, at least not for another 10 years...2006 Vintage.

Sappy and deep nose of moss and mushroom, iron, blood and cherry jam, touch white pepper. Long and first rate palate, a little closed compared to nose bit very mineral and mossy, irony, and spicy. Lots of rock in a classic style i really enjoy. Beautiful, but i can't justify paying $600 for it, at least not for another 10 years...2006 Vintage.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 18th, 2015
Tom Kobylarz

The sister property of Haut-Brion and a wine many consider an unofficial 1st Growth, La Mission was firing on all cylinders this night. The 2000 nose was classic, showing the signature Graves scorched Earth, ripe currants, creme de cassis, and roasted coffee beans. The palate built around a core of earth and rock, with a structured and textural powerhouse that relents in the glass as you taste it further, unwrapping the aroma and flavor kaleidoscope slowly and keeping you coming back for more.

The 2005 was more of the same but on another level of density and strength being a younger wine and also from an excellent vintage worthy of at least 5 -7 more years before I would go at it again. The nose hinted to a deep future, with the palate clamping down and not showing any signs of relenting that night.

#lamission #hautbrion #graves #bordeaux
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The sister property of Haut-Brion and a wine many consider an unofficial 1st Growth, La Mission was firing on all cylinders this night. The 2000 nose was classic, showing the signature Graves scorched Earth, ripe currants, creme de cassis, and roasted coffee beans. The palate built around a core of earth and rock, with a structured and textural powerhouse that relents in the glass as you taste it further, unwrapping the aroma and flavor kaleidoscope slowly and keeping you coming back for more.

The 2005 was more of the same but on another level of density and strength being a younger wine and also from an excellent vintage worthy of at least 5 -7 more years before I would go at it again. The nose hinted to a deep future, with the palate clamping down and not showing any signs of relenting that night.

#lamission #hautbrion #graves #bordeaux
#wine

1 person found it helpfulOct 20th, 2016