Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Graves Pessac Leognan Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau La Mission Haut Brion History, Overview

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is not quite as old as Chateau Haut Brion. La Mission Haut Brion only dates back to the late 16th century. The Bordeaux wine property came into being after it was purchased by Jean de Pontac in 1533. Pontac was also the owner of what later became Chateau Haut Brion. de Pontac was responsible for the birth of several of the best estates and terroir’s in Bordeaux.

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Chateau La Mission Haut Brion and its Bordeaux wine vineyards became famous when Arnaut de Lastonnac and the sister of Jean de Pontac were married. In 1607, the estate changed hands. It was inherited by Ms. Olive de Lestonnac. Olive de Lestonnac eventually bequeathed the property to the Congregation of the Mission. This is where the Bordeaux wine estate earned its current moniker. This gift was not popular with other members of the family. In 1664, Catherine de Mullet made the gift official. At that point in time, the Bordeaux estate of La Mission Haut Brion became the property of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1698, a small chapel was built in the vineyards. This chapel was known as Notre Dame de La Mission. 15 years later, in 1713, the official chateau was built on the property. The estate remained the hands of the Roman Catholic Church until it was repossessed during the French revolution and later sold at a public auction.

In 1815, Chateau La Mission Haut Brion became the property of its first 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 dEstournel. The Chiapelle’s left an important mark on the Bordeaux wine estate. This remains almost untouched today. They designed and built the famous gates that guard the historic Pessac Leognan property.

Interestingly, even though La Mission Haut Brion was selling its Bordeaux wine for as much, if not more than the Second Growths, the property was not included in the 1855 Classification. In fact, Chateau Haut Brion was the only wine from Pessac Leognan included in the 1855 Classification.

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Chateau La Mission Haut Brion The Modern Age

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. Many people consider this the birth of the modern era for the property. The Woltner family maintained several other interests in the wine trade, as negociants and as vineyard owners in Napa Valley, on Howell Mountain.

The Woltner family remained the owners of La Mission Haut Brion until 1983, when the estate was purchased by Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owner of neighboring, Chateau Haut Brion. Once Clarence Dillon established control, the new owners renovated the entire property starting with replanting the vineyards. There was also a modernization of the chateau and wine making facilities. Their next decision was to build a new vat house, which was completed in 1987. In an ever continuing effort to improve the property and wine making, a new bottling line was completed in 1996. Extensive work was recently completed in the Grand Chai as well. The latest round of renovations was completed in 2007.

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 26 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion grows grapes for the production of both red wine and white wine. For the red wine, the vineyard has a terroir of deep gravel over clay, sand and chalk in the top soil. Underneath, you find more gravel, which is less refined, along with clay and sand. The vineyard is well placed on a gravel hill that reaches up to 25 meters in elevation at its highest point.

With vines averaging 27 years of age, the vineyard is planted to 45.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.8% Merlot and 10.4% Cabernet Franc. This shows a marked increase in Merlot plantings matched with a decrease in Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc since the mid, 1990’s. The vineyard of La Mission Haut Brion is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare.

It is interesting to note, that while the chateau is located across the road from Haut Brion, most of the vineyards are not quite as close. While most of the vines used by Haut Brion are in Pessac, the majority of the vines for La Mission Haut Brion are in Talence. Although, there are vines in Pessac Leognan as well. When you look at the differences in the soils and notice the higher level of vine density at La Mission Haut Brion than at Haut Brion, it is easier to understand the differences in the wines styles.

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. Interestingly, the blending for Chateau La Mission Haut Brion takes place shortly after Malolactic fermentation is finished and before the aging process in barrel has started. This is because the property feels it’s better to blend the wines before the influence of the wood begins to be felt in the wine.

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3.5 hectares of vines are reserved for the production of the white Bordeaux wine of La Mission Haut Brion. The vines are planted to 61.7% Semillon and 38.3% Sauvignon Blanc. The white wine grapes are planted to a vine density of 8,000 plants per hectare. On average, the vines are 37 years of age.

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Blanc is one of the great white wines of Bordeaux which most of the time, is only bettered by Chateau Haut Brion Blanc! Until the 2008 vintage, the wine was sold as Laville Haut Brion. The name and label changed with the legendary 2009 vintage.

For the production of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, the grapes are harvested in the pre dawn hours. According to Jean Philippe Delmas, the cool and often cold night air retains the freshness in the fruit and retards oxidation, allowing more freshness and purity to shine through in the fruit.

After the early morning sorting, the grapes are crushed using a pneumatic press. There is no contact between the juice and the skins. The wines are barrel fermented in 100% new, French oak barrels from Allier. There is no malolactic fermentation and interestingly, there is almost never any stirring of the lees. The white wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 13-16 months before bottling, depending on the vintage and its characteristics.

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion as well as Chateau Haut Brion are currently managed by Jean-Philippe Delmas. Jean-Philippe is the third generation of the Delmas family to manage Haut Brion and the second to take care of La Mission Haut Brion, where he followed in the footsteps of his well-known father, Jean-Bernard Delmas and his grandfather before him.

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The best vintages of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Rouge are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1982, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1950, 1949, 1945, 1934, 1929, 1928, 1926, 1921 and 1900. As you can see, there is a remarkable level of consistency that takes place here. La Mission Haut Brion ages extremely well. While older vintages can be quite expensive, they are wroth purchasing at auction today.

It’s important to note that those years are for the red wine of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion. The white wine, Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Blanc can excel in very different vintages, for example, 2013 and 2011 were both great vintages for the white wine, but quite difficult for the red wine. 2006 and 2007 were also much better for the white wine, which in those vintages, was sold as Chateau Laville Haut Brion.

The best vintages of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Blanc and Laville Haut Brion are: 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 1998 and 1995. Laville Haut Brion ages extremely well. Older vintages are worth taking a chance on in the market place.

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When to Drink Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion needs as long as 15-25 years in the best years until it truly offers its best drinking experiences. Young vintages can be decanted for 3-4 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-60 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau La Mission Haut Brion with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.

The white wine of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

La Mission Haut Brion produces a Bordeaux wine of intensity, richness, opulence and charm. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated and requires several years to develop. The perfume offers smoke, tobacco, earth, truffle, spice and cassis scents. It’s a bigger and more tannic wine than Haut Brion. Depending on the vintage, it might not show the same level of elegance. Yet, in some years, La Mission Haut Brion produces a better wine than Haut Brion. Today, La Mission is at the top of the list for Super Seconds. If a reclassification were done, this is one wine that would definitely be promoted to First Growth status!

The property produces an outstanding second wine, La Chapelle La Mission Haut Brion, which made its debut in 1991. Starting with the 2006 vintage, the quality of this wine improved when fruit normally reserved for La Tour Haut Brion was merged into La Chapelle La Mission Haut Brion. There is a new second wine for the white wine as well, La Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc, which made from a blend of La Mission Haut Brion and Haut Brion white grapes.

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Château La Mission Haut-Brion Wine Tasting Notes

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2016Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)98 pts

Deep in color, the smoke, tobacco, dark red fruits, earth, espresso and cigar box aromatics keep you busy. Full bodied, concentrated, the wine takes up a lot of room on your palate. It's long, expansive and is a Cuban cigar dream, provided they also enjoy a big wave of fruit. There is a lot of tannin, but the fruit is so ripe, and sweet, you barely notice it. The wine was made from a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest took place from September 19 to October 14. The wine reached 13.7% alcohol, with a pH of 3.66. This represents 50% of the harvest.

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2016Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)97 pts

Full bodied and concentrated with sweet, polished, fresh, citrus, honeysuckle, grapefruit and lemon peel. Sweet, ripe and forward, this can be aged of course, or enjoyed in its youth, The wine was produced using 70.5% Sauvignon Blanc and 29.5% Semillon. The harvest took place from September 1 to September 13. The wine reached 13.85% alcohol with a pH of 3.23, this represents only 31% of the harvest.

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2016La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)93 pts

Medium/full bodied, with spicy, sweet, fresh cassis, the wine offers clean, spicy, open fruits, polished tannins, length, fruit and spice in the finish. Made from a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot and 21.5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol.

93 points - Tasted
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2015Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)98 pts

Stone, fresh citrus and bracing acidity, this wine has real concentration of flavor, power and length, leaving you with a focused, stony, fresh, sweet, fleshy citrus character which remains in your mouth long after the wine has left your glass.

98 points - Tasted
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2015Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)97 pts

Smoke, tar, tobacco, flowers, boysenberry and cassis pop with no effort. On the palate, this wine combines power with freshness, length and purity of fruit. Rich and structured, this delight delivers a multifaceted finish, which I timed at close to 60 seconds! Created from a blend of 58% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 15.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.74. The Grand Vin was made from 56% of the harvest, which took place from September 9 to October 1. 96 - 98 Pts

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2015La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)93 pts

Silken, polished, ripe, round and packing layers of sweet, lushly textured fruits, smoke and tobacco, this medium/full-bodied wine ends with a long, fresh, ready, fruit-filled, finish. Made from a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.6% alcohol. 92 - 94 Pts

93 points - Tasted
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2014Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

This wine begins with lemon, lime, a few stems of Easter lily and some wet, weathered limestone and that’s just the warm up. It’s the refreshing acidity and the finish of complex, green apple that really sets this wine apart And just when it seems too good to go on for much longer there is a citrus jolt of concentrated fruit and freshness, which really allows it all to percolate and fall into place. The wine was made from a blend of 84% Semillon and 16% Sauvignon Blanc, reaching 14.75% alcohol with a pH of 3.13. 95 Pts

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2014Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)94 pts

Fleshy, bright, exciting and sweet, this full-bodied, tannic, rich and structured wine delivers a multifaceted finish of cassis, tobacco and dark berry but demands at least a decade to rise to its riches. The wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon with a pH of 3.67. 94-95 Pts

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2014La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)89 pts

Polished, and medium-bodied with clean fruit, this wine starts off with dark ripe berries and moves to a fresh cassis and peppered blackberry finish. Made from a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28.5% Merlot and 15.5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.25% alcohol. 89-91 Pts

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2013Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

Reticent aromas of fresh squeezed citrus, lemon curd, flowers and honey make their presence known with swirling. Fresh, vibrant and focused, the bright yellow fruits in the end really stand out. The wine was made from a blend of 67% Semillon and 33% Sauvignon Blanc, reaching 14.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.18

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From a blend of 76% Semillon and 24% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine pops with lemon wax, honey, spice, floral and stone personality. Polished, long, fresh and rich with a mouth-filling, fresh and concentrated character. 95-96 Pts

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2013Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)93 pts

Tight at the moment, it takes effort to find the tobacco, cassis and smoke filled character. Medium bodied, with a cassis and fresh,, juicy, cherry finish. This needs a few more years to develop.

93 points - Tasted
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Cherry pipe tobacco, licorice, earth and spice are on the nose. With a bright, spicy and fresh personality, the wine delivers a lively, crisp and structured finish featuring cassis, pomegranate and blackberry finish. Blending 65% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. From yields of 33 hectoliters per hectare, the wine represents 39% of the crop. 90-93 Pts

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2013La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)88 pts

Surprisingly fresh and supple for the vintage, the wine is focused on its sweet, cherry, plum and earthy character. You can drink this now, or age it for a year or two. But this is a wine for enjoyment during its youth.

88 points - Tasted
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Ruby in color with light cherry and strawberry character, this lighter style of La Chapelle de La Mission Haut will drink well early. 86-88 Pts

87 points - Tasted
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2012Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)96 pts

Full bodied, concentrated and showing more depth in bottle than in barrel, the wine is packed with layers of ripe, smoky fruit, tannins and earth in every sniff, sip and swallow. The wine really lingers on the palate with intensity and expansiveness. The wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon. There is no touch of heat in the 14.9% alcohol finish. This is much better from bottle than barrel. As it ages, this could get better still!

96 points - Tasted
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Dark in color, the nose offers smoke, tar, black cherry jam, tobacco and cassis notes. The wine quickly shifts to a powerful, rich, tannic, masculine, almost brawny, intense mouthful of black fruits, jammy cherries and dark chocolate. This definitely needs time in the cellar before becoming user-friendly. 92-95 Pts

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2012Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

Crushed stone, grapefruit and citrus lead to a concentrated, full bodied, expressive, fresh, citrus filled wine with volume, length concentration and complexity.

95 points - Tasted
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Orangesicle, melon, beeswax and candied, waxy lemon peel scents open to fresh, lively and sweet citrus finish. 93-95 Pts

94 points - Tasted
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2012La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

Lots of smoke, earth, spice and ripe blackberries with polished textures, a medium body and a round, elegant finish.

90 points - Tasted
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A subtle nose of earth, tobacco and cassis move to fresh, polished red berries, and an herbal, crunchy blackberry and cassis finish. 88-90 Pts

89 points - Tasted
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2011Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)97 pts

Cantaloupe, honeysuckle and lemon zest scents grab you before you find the rich, citrus and sweet grapefruit center. The wine finishes with a long, zesty, candied lemon and stone note.

94 points - Tasted
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Blending 72.9% Semillon and 27.1% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine reached 14.6% alcohol. With a grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange wax, citrus oil and honeysuckle perfume, there is enough freshness to pop, yet ample concentration of fruit to balance the acidity and offer a long pure, finish. 96-98 Pts

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2011Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)94 pts

Smoky, dark berries, medium/full bodied, with a sense of polish to the tannins that carries all the way through to the fresh, dark, smoky, plum finish. This will be better with 3-5 years of age.

93 points - Tasted
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Produced from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33.7% Merlot and 11.3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% Alcohol - Deep ruby in color, the wine offers tobacco, earth, smoke, cassis and coffee with ripe tannins and a classic, bright, fresh and pure crème de cassis finish. This classic styled Pessac Leognan lacks the concentration of the more recent 2009 and 2010 vintages. 93-95 Pts

94 points - Tasted
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2011La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)89 pts

Soft, forward, with slightly dry tannins, the wine, dominated by its fresh, black and red cherry profile is already drinking well.

89 points - Tasted
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Produced from 68.7% Merlot, 19.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11.7% Cabernet Franc , is ruby in color with truffle, black cherry, licorice, supple textures and a fresh, soft red berry finish. 88-90

88 points - Tasted
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2010Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)98 pts

Smoke, oak, hot earth scents open to a packed and stacked wine, filled with ripe tannin, fresh, long, pure, sweet black raspberries that remain on your palate for at least 40 seconds. Structured to age, the wine demands at least 15 years before delivering its charms. This is showing much better in bottle than it did in barrel. With luck, this trend will continue.

98 points - Tasted
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2010 La Mission Haut Brion, is produced from a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and a dollop of Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 15.1% natural alcohol with pH levels of 3.67. This picture is very different than what we saw in 2009 which was made from equal parts Merlot and cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. 2010 is slightly higher in alcohol as the 2009 reached 14.7. Tasters who go by the numbers might have problems with the wine, but there was no sensation of heat. Everything is in balance. This is a contender for the highest concentration of Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of La Mission Haut Brion. This is due to a combination of the perfect levels of ripeness reached in the Cabernet Sauvignon and the draught plagued Merlot which had problems ripening correctly. . 2010 La Mission Haut Brion explodes with earth, minerals, cassis, burning embers, truffle and blackberry scents. This opens to a dense, concentrated, full bodied, tannic wine. This powerful La Mission Haut Brion is packed with mocha, cassis, blackberry and spice. Stylistically, this is a big, powerful, masculine La Mission Haut Brion that will require serious cellar time. 95-98 Pts.

97 points - Tasted
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2010Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)96 pts

Fat, rich and intense, with fresh lemon, grapefruit, mineral, honeysuckle and vanilla notes, the wine is full bodied, fresh and concentrated, but lacks the precision found in Haut Brion Blanc.

95 points - Tasted
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La Mission Haut Brion Blanc blends 81% Semillon and 19% Sauvignon Blanc to produce a perfume of honey, fresh picked flowers, grilled nuts and citrus that gets your mouth ready for a big dose of fresh, buttery lemon, banana, grapefruit and guava flavors wiith zesty acidity and freshness that lingers. 94-97 Pts

96 points - Tasted
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2010La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)92 pts

Toffee, coffee, smoke, herbs and blackberries open to a fresh, sweet, supple textures wine filled with sweet red berries and spice.

92 points - Tasted
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La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion produced from 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc is filled with smoke, tar, blackberry and tobacco scents. Full bodied, with layers of chocolate covered blackberries that end with a blast of fresh, juicy cassis. 91-93 Pts

92 points - Tasted
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2009Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)98 pts

Inky dark in color, this is mouth filling, powerful, concentrated, lush, rich and packed with perfectly ripe berries, smoke, earth, spice, crème de cassis, blackberry, licorice, tobacco and liqueur. With perfectly ripe tannins and an opulent personality, this is not quite at the level of the 2000, but it’s not that far either. Who knows, with time, it could be as good as it develops. This is as stunning wine!

98 points - Tasted
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2009 La Mission Haut Brion, a blend of 47% cabernet sauvignon, 47% merlot, and 6% cabernet franc, offers dark purple color along with floral, smoke, cassis, earth and plum liqueur aromatics. Full bodied and filled with dense, sweet, mouth filling fruit, the wine is balanced and pure. The velvet textured finish has blackberry, smoke, and chocolate flavors. Although the wine reached a whopping 14.7 alcohol level, it has no sensation of heat. As a comparison, in 1989 La Mission Haut Brion reached 13% alcohol with the help of chapitalization. The pH in 1989 was 4.0, and 3.85 in 2009. Yet with a very high pH, the wine displays ample freshness. 96/97 Pts

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2009Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)97 pts

Powerful, rich, concentrated and deep, with waves of rich, juicy, sweet, fresh mineral driven citrus fruits, honey suckle and vanilla, this is quite young and tight. Give this at least another 5 or more years to develop.

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Powerful, intense, concentrated, stony, fresh and filled with waves of just squeezed citrus notes, vanilla and mineral essence, this definitely makes a great impression. Although, its best days are clearly in the future.

96 points - Tasted
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84% Semillon and 16% Sauvignon Blanc combine to produce a mineral intensive wine packed with lemon, grapefruit, lime and citrus oil. Freshness, power and a long, spicy, lemon wax finish are the hallmarks of this wine.

95 points - Tasted
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2009La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

From a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine is packed with anise, truffle, smoke and black cherry jam aromas. On the palate, the wine is plush, soft, round, sweet, ripe and ends with a cassis and black cherry filled finish.

90 points - Tasted
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2008Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

The final vintage for this esteemed estate is a beauty. There is ample richness from the layers of sweet, ripe, grapefruit, lemon peel and Cara Cara oranges, with more than a dollop of honeysuckle. The wine has a beautiful sweetness that comes from the ripeness in the fruit that is made better with the bracing acidity. This should age for decades.

95 points - Tasted
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2008Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

08 Château La Mission Haut Brion is deeply colored with purple accents. Ripe black and blue fruits are easy to note in the perfume. The wine has a good concentration of suave, opulent fruit. The refined tannins, structure, and acidity give the wine body and a long, round, rich, fruit filled finish. 93-96 Pts

95 points - Tasted
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2007Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

Light in color, the wine delivers an interesting blend of vanilla, bright citrus, vermouth, lemon peel and roasted nuts on the nose. Full bodied, bright and fat, the sweet and tart, slightly honeyed citrus in the finish is fresh and refreshing. The wine was made from a blend of 83% Semillon and 17% Sauvignon Blanc.

94 points - Tasted
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Full bodied, rich, intense and filled with ripe lemon, grapefruit, orange, lime, stone and honeysuckle in the nose. Long, fresh, clean and pure, the waxy, citrus and mineral driven finish makes a serious impression.

95 points - Tasted
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2007Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)93 pts

Clearly one the top wines of the vintage. There is a nice ripeness to the dark red fruits. You find all those wonderful, smoky, earthy, burning campfire embers here too, with elements of wet forest floor, black cherries and blackberry. Medium/full bodied, with most of the tannin melted away, but not completely, as there is still some improvement to be gained with a few more years of cellaring. There is a nice, fresh bite of juicy cassis and tobacco in the finish to round things out. The wine was produced from a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.

93 points - Tasted
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2006Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

The color shows development, nit the wine is still young and fresh. The wine is rich with extract, the fruit is ripe and the crushed rock, pomelo and lemon peel, with just a touch of honeysuckle really sticks with you.

95 points - Tasted
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2006Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)94 pts

Full bodied, still youthful, tannic and fresh, the wine has smoke, tobacco, cassis, ripe black fruits and tannins to spare. However, the tannins are firm and there is a strictness to the wines classic character that will appeal to some more than others. You will need to wait at least a decade before this opens and is fun to drink.

94 points - Tasted
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This starts with plum, herb, tobacco and spice nose. The palate enjoys ripe, chocolate, cassis and plum flavors. There is ample tannin and body to allow the wine to age gracefully for decades.

94 points - Tasted
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2006La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)89 pts

Tobacco, cigars and cassis make a great combination, especially when you add in the mature mouth feel and taste. This is ready for consumption today.

89 points - Tasted
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2005Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)100pts

This is really far too young to open. Even with multiple hours of decanting, it remains youthful. That being said, it's stunning in every sense of the word. It's powerful, refined, intense, pure, silky and mouth fillingly dense. It has everything needed to rival and surpass the 1989 and that says a lot. Give it at least until it turns 20 however.

100 points - Tasted
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Stunning in every way, the wine perfectly balances intensity, incredible levels of concentration, power and purity. Mouth coating, palate staining and harmonious, this is a future legend. Still young, the tannins are so ripe, you can pop a cork now to experience the wine in its impressive youthful stage. Else you can wait decades for an incredible experience that will be hard to equal when this reaches maturity. That might take 15-20 years, but it’s going to be worth the wait.

100 points - Tasted
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Full bodied, concentrated and intense, the wine coats your mouth, palate and taste buds with fruit, freshness and flavor. Still young, this is all about the potential. In another 10-20 years, this will probably hit triple digits and be considered one of the wines of the vintage.

99 points - Tasted
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05 La Mission Haut Brion, unlike some years that are considered better for either Cabernet or Merlot, this special vintage was considered perfect for both varietals. Black, inky and opaque in color. This has one of the most compelling noses of any young wine I’ve ever smelt. Aromatics explode from the glass like an old school Playboy Bunny popping out of a cake! Incredible levels of sweet, ripe, jammy berries, licorice, black fruit, tar, exotic spices and liqueur of an amazing mélange of fruits are all over the place! Quivering in anticipation for my first sip of this supposed, mythical vintage of La Mission Haut Brion, it did not disappoint. The wine actually blows up your palate! This is pure decadence. One of the richest, most concentrated young wines I have had the privilege to taste. Your palate is coated with an endless stream of rich, ripe fruit that feels like every berry was hand polished before being crushed. This long finish was absolutely seamless. I wish I could last as long as this finish! When Bob retastes the vintage, this has to be a serious contender for a triple digit score. At first, I gave it 100, but upon reflection, decided it was not quite at the level of the profound 89, served at the same dinner. 99 Pts

99 points - Tasted
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2005Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)93 pts

Fresh, sweet, waxy, lemon, honeysuckle and grapefruit fill your nose. On the palate, there is a sweetness to the fruit coupled with freshness that keep this lively, refreshing and focused.

93 points - Tasted
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With a beautiful nose of lemon peel, honeysuckle, citrus and vanilla, the wine is filled with ripe, sweet, Meyer lemons, plush, fat textures and a mildly, honeyed grapefruit and fresh, bright, lush, lemony finish. It was fun tasting this seldom seen white Bordeaux wine.

93 points - Tasted
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2004Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)92 pts

The wine keeps getting better with age. Showing more weight and density, there is a freshness to the fruit and rounding of the texture that is starting to come through. Another 3-5 years could add more to the wine, which is turning out to be one of the longest lived wines of the vintage. This is the first vintage where Jean-Philippe Delmas was fully in charge from start to finish.

92 points - Tasted
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Deeply colored, the nose of smoke, cigar box, blackberries, road tar and earth was a pleasure. Tannic, tight, medium bodied and for the most part mostly primary, the wine demanded 4 hours of air in the glass and decanter before it softened and became civilized. I'm waiting another 5 years before popping another bottle. From a blend of 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc.

91 points - Tasted
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The wine kicks off with tobacco, blackberry and spice notes. This full bodied wine is a lighter, elegant style of La Mission Haut Brion.

91 points - Tasted
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La Mission Haut Brion is considered the product of a Merlot vintage. Deep ruby color, with an earth, raspberry, licorice and truffle nose. Nice entry followed by a rich, ripe, finish of blackberry and bitter chocolate. There was some grit in the tannins.

90 points - Tasted
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2004Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

Light in style, with bright lemon, grapefruit and vanilla notes, this medium bodied wine leaves you with a fresh, vibrant, citrus filled finish.

90 points - Tasted
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2003Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)93 pts

This tastes much older than it should at age 10. The wine is stylish, silky and offers pleasure, but the rapid pace of maturity forces the taster to finish their remaining bottles sooner than later so as not to lose any of the fruit.

92 points - Tasted
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This continues to age at a supersonic pace. At close to 10 years of age, the color is much lighter than it should be. The developed nose offers tobacco, earth, smoke and black cherry notes. On the palate, the medium bodied wine is soft, delicate and feminine, with a silky, but light, red berry dominated finish. If you're seeking a La Mission Haut Brion that shows great today, this might be a reasonable choice. But this is not a wine to cellar as it's a;ready giving up most of what it has to offer.

92 points - Tasted
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Made from a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend owith only 40% Merlot, the wine opens with deep, dark color and plumy aromatics. In the mouth, the wine kicks off with a wonderful, large mouthful of ripe, roasted, chocolate covered, black fruits. Very rich and concentrated. This is a wine for hedonists with its decadent style. When asked how La Mission turned out so much better in 03 than its neighbor across the street, Haut Brion, Jean-Philippe Delmas coyly smiled, answering, “The French have a special word for it. Perhaps you know it. Terroir”! It was a very funny moment.

93 points - Tasted
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2003Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

Fat, dense, lush and concentrated with ample, sweet citrus, stone and honeysuckle notes. But the wine lacks the level of acidity needed to really make it sing, as opposed to just fine and interesting.

90 points - Tasted
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2003La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)87 pts

Light in color, medium bodied, with a mature nose of tobacco, smoke earth and musty forest scents, the wine ends with a short, sweet and tart, cassis and cranberry note. Do not age this wine from this point forward. If you have a bottle, pop the cork as the fruit will only continue to fade from here.

87 points - Tasted
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2002Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

Medium bodied, tannic and a little austere, the nose is a pleasure, with its tobacco, smoke, burnt earth, forest leaf, cassis and blackberry scented perfume. Solid and conventional in style, also known as classic in some circles, perhaps another 3-5 years will help the wine soften and develop additional nuances.

90 points - Tasted
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2001Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)94 pts

2001 La Mission Haut Brion opens up with smoke, Cuban cigars, blackberries, hot stones, earth and tar aromas. Supple textures, round tannins and a refined character lead to a rich, silky wine that ends with a long, elegant, deep, smoky dark berry and creme de cassis filled finish. From an assemblage of 62% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, this Pessac Leognan is just starting to open up and offer its delicious charms. 94 Pts

94 points - Tasted
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This is a beautiful style of La Mission Haut Brion. In the nose, the wine offers smoke, cassis, BBQ, leather, hot rocks, tobacco and burnt wood. Richly textured, the wine feels great as it glides over your palate like silk. The elegant, finesse styled finsih is filled with juicy, soft textured cassis, blackberry and spice flavors.

94 points - Tasted
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2001 La Mission Haut Brion, anothervintage that favored Merlot offers generous aromas of earth, tobacco and fresh herbs. Bright fruit and freshness fill the palate ending in a leather, cherry note. Jean-PhilippeDelmas said “2001 reminded him of 85. He thinks it’s more concentrated than the 04, although the 04 was more expressive today”. This is probably the best bottle of La Mission Haut Brion available for the money today. 92 Pts

92 points - Tasted
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2000Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)100pts

This could be one of the few, 101 Pt wines of your life. Spellbinding in every sense of the word, the nose grabs and holds you. But it is the immense levels of density that are light on their feet. So much power, yet it's elegant and gentle on your palate. The fruit has this beautiful sense of purity. Even though this is still a baby, because everything is in balance and harmony, you need to be careful, as it drinks so easily. This is a true legend in the making that could rival the past great vintages like 1989, 1961, 1955 etc. If you do not own it, and have the bank, it's well worth thinking about.

100 points - Tasted
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This is a mind blowing wine! It has everything a world class wine needs to offer. It's still young, fresh and primary. But it's hard to not see the greatness in this wine with just one taste. It's massive, yet balanced. Packed to the brim with layer after layer of pure boysenberry, black cherry liqueur, tobacco, espresso, smoke, tar and licorice, every nook and cranny of your tasting receptors are coated with the essence of La Mission Haut Brion.

100 points - Tasted
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Served blind, this was close to off the charts! It is one of those wines that is so concentrated, you can drink it, or almost eat it. Layer after layer of ripe fruit coats your palate. The wine is long, intense, massive, and expansive. It's also quite young and tannic. If you like your wines primary, pop a cork. If you want this stunning elixir at its best, patience is required. It could take another 15-20 years. If you have the time to wait, you will be rewarded with one of the great tasting experiences of your life.Sadly, this bottle was popped and poured. It quickly improved in the glass. But it requires about 2 hours of air to show its best. I think a decanted bottle would be even better and would probably hit a 100 Pt score.

99 points - Tasted
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Powerful aromatics stuffed with cassis, ripe black fruit, blackberry, spice, smoke and truffle aromatics. The texture is an incredible blend of opulence, concentration and depth. The wine is intense, fresh and pure. Everything is in balance from start to finish, ending with multiple layers of pure silk, velvet, power and a complex array of perfectly ripe fruit in this stunning Bordeaux.

99 points - Tasted
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2000 La Mission Haut Brion, a product of a year where Cabernet and Merlot flourished equally, wears a deep, purple robe. Very spicy and exotic in the nose. A myriad of ripe fruits and liqueur essences exploded from the glass. The palate enjoys an incredible bath of rich, fat, sexy, concentrated, ripe fruit. Very silky, rich, polished and elegant. The tannins are perfectly smooth. The wine oozes over your palate. The wine features a great purity of fruit coupled with stunning levels of intensity. The wine at 5 years of age offers more finesse, but less concentration of flavors than the 2005. I could not give it 100 Pts because I thought the 05 was a better, more exciting wine. But this is a treasure I am thrilled to have in my cellar! 99 Pts

99 points - Tasted
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2000La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)88 pts

2000 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion with an earthy, smoky, cassis nose, soft textures and medium body and soft cherry finish is fully mature. 88 Pts

88 points - Tasted
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This offers a spicy, tobacco, black fruit filled nose. The wine is already drinking well.

86 points - Tasted
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1999Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)92 pts

The best showing of this wine yet. The smoky black cherry, earth and licorice nose is right there. Medium bodied, with slight dusty tannins and just a hint of green in the black cherry filled finish leaves this a really nice wine, that is drinking at peak. However, the wine does begin to fade after 2 hours in the glass. Still, I am happy to have 6 more bottles in the cellar.

92 points - Tasted
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Medium bodied, charming, well made, but lacking in excitement. This is probably close to fully mature. The nose was more complicated than the palate, which ended a bit too quickly.

90 points - Tasted
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Ruby with bricking in color. Notes of tobacco, tar, cassis, herbs and wet earth make up the perfume. Medium bodied, round textured, soft, some green in the tannins can be detected. The wine ends with cassis, cranberry and strawberry. This is probably close to fully mature and requires drinking over the next 5 -7 years to enjoy it at its peak.

91 points - Tasted
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1999 La Mission Haut Brion is ready to drink. With an earthy perfume filled with cassis, black cherry, smoke and tobacco scents that leads into elegant, soft, mature textures. This wine is a bargain for a mature La Mission Haut Brion. 91 Pts

91 points - Tasted
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1999 La Mission Haut Brion is the product of a Cabernet dominated vintage. Ruby colored with with a nose offering toffee, mocha, vanilla, tobacco and spice. Medium bodied soft tannins. Very polished. Compared to great years, the finish is a bit short, but for 99, the wine is a major success and is one the top wines from the year. Ready to drink, the wine should give pleasure for another 15 years, give or take. 91 Pts

91 points - Tasted
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1998Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

Tight and still holding a lot in reserve, the wine is powerful, tannic, young, fresh and not ready for prime time. Give it at least another 5 years and this could be even better, as La Mission tends to do, as it matures.

95 points - Tasted
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Smoke, truffle, tobacco, blackberry and black cherry aromas get your attention, although it takes a bit of effort and air. Rich, concentrated, long and built to age, another 5 years will help soften the wine while adding additional complexities.

95 points - Tasted
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Since last tasted, this seems bigger, denser, more tannic and even younger than I remember it. With 3 hours of decanting, the smoky, blackberry, boysenberry, earthy, forest floor and campfire aromas are in full force. But it took another 90 minutes before the tannins softened and the fruit filled finish fleshed out. There is a lot of purity, depth and length in this wine. The moral of the story, if you cannot wait another 5-10 years, this wine is not for you. If you have the patience and a cold cellar, this will improve, expand and develop a lot more complexity in time.

95 points - Tasted
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Picture a lit Cuban Cigar, cherry pipe tobacco, tar, cassis, spice, leather, gravel and earth scents get you hooked. Powerful, concentrated, tannic and a little rustic. There is a slight drying sensation to the tannins. Coming up to its 14th birthday, this Pessac Leognan wine demands another 5 years before it begins to soften up. Very classic La Mission Haut Brion in style. This bottle was decanted 2 hours and enjoyed over another 2 hours. The wine clearly benefited from the air. But its always going to be a little rustic.

94 points - Tasted
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Blackberry, leather, spice, tobacco, cigar box and smoke filled aromatics fill your glass. In the mouth, a big, powerful, juicy mouthful of black fruit, cassis, truffle and spice. Tannic and masculine, this big wine requires another 8-10 years before it's completely civilized.

95 points - Tasted
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1998 La Mission Haut Brion pops with a complex perfume of cigar box, cedar, leather, smoke, tobacco leaf and cherry. Full bodied and filled with ripe dark fruit, this still tannic wine requires a few more years before its ready for prime time drinking. 95 Pts

95 points - Tasted
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1998 La Mission Haut Brion, another vintage considered a Merlot year (65% Merlot) is stunning at 10 years of age. The color shows some lightness and light pinking around the edges. The explosive nose offers wonderful scents of earth, cassis, tobacco and Asian spice. The texture is all about sex! Very opulent and silky. The ripe fruit glides over your palate with layers of black and red flavors. Very opulent and concentrated. Tannins are elegant. Still young, but no longer asleep, this will develop into a great wine over the years. 95 Pts

95 points - Tasted
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1998, according to the estate is considered a Merlot year. The blend includes 65% Merlot is stunning at 10 years of age. The color shows some lightness around the edges. The explosive nose offers wonderful scents of earth, tobacco and Asian spice. Very concentrated, opulent and silky with elegant tannins. The ripe fruit glides over your palate with layers of black and red flavors. Still young, but no longer asleep, this wine will develop more complexity wine with time and will probably merit a higher score.

94 points - Tasted
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1998Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

With good concentration of flavor, the wine is loaded with all the vanilla, sweet, ripe, yellow and orange citrus, flowers, herbs and just the right amount of honey on top that you need. Fresh and refreshing, this is drinking quite well today.

93 points - Tasted
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Based on this wine, perhaps I should be drinking more white Bordeaux wine! Rich, full bodied, concentrated and intense, lots of fresh lemon, citrus rind, stone, vanilla and floral qualities were experienced in every sniff and sip. Still young, this delicious wine should age for years.

95 points - Tasted
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1998La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)85 pts

1998 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion opened with aromas of smoke and spicy cassis. This simple wine ends with a cassis, cranberry finish. 85 Pts

85 points - Tasted
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1996Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)91 pts

1996 La Mission Haut Brion is a firm, structured, tannic, masculine style of wine. Interestingly, that what I was expecting to find in the 95. This is a clear case of role reversal. With tobacco, cassis and stone aromas, this powerful wine needs another 5 years to sort itself out. 91 Pts

91 points - Tasted
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1996 La Mission Haut Brion, dominated by Cabernet is showing some bricking in the color. Chocolate, spice and black plums dominate the aroma. Powerfull and tannic, with a polised entry that finishes a sweet cherry, blackberry and strawberry filled note. Good length and depth. Already open, it offers pleasure today. 91 Pts

91 points - Tasted
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1995Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

The color shows the right amount of age, leaving you with a ruby, rose hue. Smoke, campfire, barbecue, cassis, iron and damp, leafy, forest aromas are fun to stick your nose in. Masculine, but refined, long, fresh and with a sweet, smoky cherry finish, with an hour in the decanter, this is drinking quite nicely.

95 points - Tasted
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1995 La Mission Haut Brion – One of the best results vertical tastings provide is the occasional surprise. Surprises work both ways. Some wines are much worse than anticipated. Other wines are much better than you remember them. 1995 La Mission Haut Brion was a positive surprsie. I could not believe how much I liked this wine! 95 Bordeaux has not developed well. Many wines have taken on a hard, severe style. But not the 95 LMHB! This smoky, spice filled wine reeks of tobacco, blackberry, olives, truffle, forest floor, pepper and fresh herbs. Concentrated with lush, ripe fruit, soft tannins and supple textures, this wine is only now just starting to come out of its shell. It should evolve for at least 2 or more decades. While not cheap, this is worth the money. When people start tasting and talking ab out this wine, prices can only go higher. If the wine keeps improving, (and it might)the wine may score higher than its current 95 Pts

95 points - Tasted
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95 La Mission Haut Brion (50%Merlot 50% Cabernet Sauvignon) is dominated by the barnyard scents that were further complicated by sweet, jammy fruit, tobacco and smoke. The palate enjoys a silky entry, but the finish was marred a bit by the gritty tannins. The bright fruit flavors were held back in their development by the strong, tannic spine. This wine needs time, at least another 5-10 years before it beings to show its stuff. Jean-Philippe Delmas liked the 95 more than the 98 adding, “He found the 95 riper.” Perhaps in time, I will come to the same conclusion. 93 Pts

93 points - Tasted
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1995La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)85 pts

1995 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion offers a leafy, smoke and kirsch perfume. Short and light, this needs to be drunk up. 85 Pts

85 points - Tasted
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1994Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

This has everything you need in a classic white Bordeaux wine with its citrus, lemon peel, stone and floral aromatics, rich textures and long, fresh, citrusy, honey tinged, concentrated finish.

95 points - Tasted
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1994Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)92 pts

At full maturity, the nose has those great cigar box, tobacco, smoke, coffee and red fruit notes that come with aged Bordeaux. Medium bodied, and even a little short on the finish, the red berry, tobacco infused finish shows a touch of herbs or green pepper that some people are going to like more than others. This needs drinking if you're sitting on any bottles.

91 points - Tasted
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Right in the sweet spot, with its nose of cigar box, tobacco, cassis and herbs. Soft in texture, with only a hint of olive and green in the slightly dusty finish. All things considered, its a very pretty, fully mature Bordeaux that is drinking nicely as it's at its peak right now.

92 points - Tasted
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Tobacco, smoke, earth, forest floor, blackberry, cigar box and tar aromas pop as soon as the cork is pulled. In the mouth, the wine is full bodied and filled with soft, voluptuous black cherries, cocoa, coffee and spice, The wine has turned out better than expected with onlly a hint of green and some dryness at the end of the finish. Better than Haut Brion in this challenging vintage.

92 points - Tasted
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1994 La Mission Haut Brion is fully mature. Tobacco, earth, cassis and green olive tapenade perfume, meshed with rustic tannins and a finish that is staring to dry out. 89 Pts

89 points - Tasted
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1993Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)87 pts

1993 La Mission Haut Brion took effort to find the wine's light perfume. This medium bodied Pessac Leognan is dropping its fruit fast and needs to be drunk up sooner than later. 87 Pts

87 points - Tasted
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1990Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)98 pts

If you like a good, aged, Cuban Cigar, you came to the right place. With gobs of smoke, tar, cigar ash and tobacco leaf, the earthy, deep, dark, red berries really shine through. Powerful, yet refined, there is depth, length, complexity and character. Good now, and better in 10-20 years, if the bottle has been well stored.

98 points - Tasted
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This is a super wine. I loved its tar, smoke, tobacco, cigar box and cassis nose. Full bodied, concentrated and lusty on the palate, the long, potent finish with all its fresh, tobacco, cassis and cherry infused charms really sticks with you. At 26, this is drinking in a great place and well stored bottles should get even better over the next few years!

97 points - Tasted
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If you like refined power, intensity, complexity and a nose that haunts you with its cigar box, smoke, blackberry, cassis, campfire, tobacco and cedar character, you will be more than happy. If you're also looking for concentration, length, freshness and earthy sensations on the palate, with a finish that really delivers, you're definitely going to love this wine! It's ready for prime time drinking too.

97 points - Tasted
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Showing its correct age, with a light, ruby tone, the nose is pure cassis, cigar box, tobacco, mint, cherry pipe tobacco and wet forest aromas. On the palate, the wine is smoky, concentrated with a strong tobacco essence, silky smooth tannins, and a fresh, clean, long, pure cherry and cassis finish. This was really showing great with just 15 minutes in the decanter. If you have a bottle, pop a cork, you'll be happy you did.

98 points - Tasted
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The aromas remind me of a campfire, with its myriad of burning wood and smoke filled scents that are made even better by the cherry liqueur, truffle, cassis and barbecue notes. Full bodied, dense and rich, this youthful, powerful wine can age for decades.

96 points - Tasted
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Now, we're talking my language. I like where this conversation is and I love where this conversation is going!!! This is powerful, yet refined. The nose hits you where it counts with its potent smoke, cigar box, ash, black plum, blackberry, earth and tobacco profile. Dense, thick and concentrated, everything is in balance ending with a long, intense, expansive finish. Drink this now, or age it for decades. What a wine!If you cannot afford the 1989 La Mission Haut Brion, buy this wine. It's not that different in quality.

98 points - Tasted
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1990 La Mission Haut Brion is an exciting wine. The moment your nose meets the perfume, you know something special is going on. Potent aromatics of tobacco, earth, cedar, hot stones, coconut, blackberry, cassis, tar and spice are easy to find. In the mouth, the wine feels lush, elegant and yet powerful. Balanced and in harmony, this beautiful Bordeaux wine has a long, bright future to look forward to. 97 Pts

97 points - Tasted
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Tobacco, stone, smoke, truffle, spice, cigar box and cassis aromas lead to a full bodied, concentrated wine that is powerful, rich, tannic and still youthful. Another 5-10 years will add a lot of complexity to the cassis, spice, mineral and licorice filled finish.

97 points - Tasted
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Served blind at Chateau La Mission Haut Brion over dinner - The wine opened with spice, truffle, tobacco, cassis, earth, roasted blackberries and freshly baked berry pie aromatics. Voluptuous in style and filled with rich layers of cassis, this stunning example of La Mission Haut Brion ends with a long, dark berry and kirsch filled sensation.

97 points - Tasted
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With its smoke, tobacco, cassis, mineral and iron nose, this Bordeaux is a treat for the senses. This huge, youthful, concentrated wine is still filled with ripe tannins. Powerful, elegant, rich and supple, this regal style of wine ends with a long, pure, spicy, supple black fruit, filled finish. After two hours the wine continued softening and developing additional nuances.

96 points - Tasted
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Offering a stunning, complex nose of tobacco, truffles, herbs, spice, cassis, blackberry and licorice. Very concentrated. The impressive levels of depth experienced on the palate are a pleasure to taste. Long, rich, opulent and pure, this Bordeaux wine ends with a long, pure, chocolate, cassis finish.

97 points - Tasted
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1990 La Mission Haut Brion is showing signs of positive evolution in the color and the nose. Truffle, forest floor, stones, spice, cassis and earth make up the perfume. If nature marketed a perfume, this would be it! Very powerful entry filled with dense, rich, layers of ripe, black fruit, olives, chocolate and bitter, black cherries. Very sweet and rich. As good as this is drinking today, it’s only going to get better. 96 Pts

96 points - Tasted
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Flowers, smoke, syrupy cassis and scents of hot stones grabbed your attention. Very rich and full bodied with a stellar mouth feel. The palate was caressed with flavors of over ripe black cherries, plums and other ripe dark fruits. This wine is what elegant Bordeaux is all about. The finish is long and pure. Great wine! It’s approachable, but requires 5-8 more years before hitting full maturity.

98 points - Tasted
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This powerful, elegant, full bodied wine has an intense perfume of blackberry liqueur, spices and cigar box. Deep, rich and plush with amazing balance and character. Incredible, mouth feel and palate presence with a seamless finish. This is starting to come around, but it will easily continue evolving for 2-3 decades.

97 points - Tasted
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1990Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)93 pts

Fully developed with its waxy lemon, lime, floral, honeysuckle and vanilla character, the wine is medium bodied, round, supple and definitely ready to drink.

93 points - Tasted
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1989Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)100pts

This is what intensity is all about. Especially when it's paired with layers of deep, dark, ripe, fresh, sweet, black and dark red fruits. Add in the essence of smoke, tar, wet earth, cigar box and forest aromatics and you get the idea. The wine coats your palate and really sticks, with its flavor and complexities for at least 60 seconds! On some nights, when I am lucky enough to compare it with Haut Brion, the HB wins. On this night, the LMHB stole the show!!! Drink this now, or wait 20 years, either way, this is off the hook.

100 points - Tasted
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Spellbinding in every sense of the word. The nose is off the charts. The wine is intense, concentrated and deep, with so much raw material, it is almost off the charts. The finish remains with you for close to 60 seconds. This is drinking really well today, but if your bottles are well stored, I suspect, this will be even better with another, 5-10 more years of bottle age!

99 points - Tasted
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This is one rockstar of a wine! The Cuban cigar wrapper, smoke, tar, tobacco, earth and cassis aromatics get you charged up. But the wine that fills your mouth with its layers of ripe, juicy, fresh, earthy fruits is the best part of the experience. Count to 60 and this baby is still going strong! This is great today and the best is yet to come!

99 points - Tasted
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The perfume is intense with its essence of tar, tobacco, campfire, smoke, cassis and tobacco elements. The wine is a flawless example of power paired with grace. This stunner is still young. It's instructive and as well as enjoyable to pop a cork today. But if you only have a few bottles, why not wait a while, as this is only going to get better and better for decades!

100 points - Tasted
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Powerful, young, mouthfilling, long, intense and complex, even with all the secondary notes of smoke, cigar box, tobacco, tar and cassis, it's amazing how young, fresh and vibrant this is.

98 points - Tasted
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Tasting from correct examples of famous bottles is a dream come true for wine lovers. This bottle really delivered the goods in spades. Cherry pipe tobacco, tar, earth, earth, blackberry, spice, leather and liqueur scents created a perfume you could not stop smelling. The show really hit the road once the wine hit your palate with its depth, length and intensity. There is a beautiful sense of balance and purity at play in this wine. You can drink this now, or in 50 years. If you have the money, this is the real deal.

100 points - Tasted
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I cannot think of many wines with this many consistent showings. The wine is the complete package with its stunning, smoke, tar, forest, dark cherry, tobacco and cigar box aromas, dense levels of concentration, structure, balance and length. Still young, this could easily age for more 50 years!

100 points - Tasted
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There are times when 1989 Haut Brion is better than 1989 La Mission Haut Brion. There are other occasions when the La Mission is the better of the pair. On this night, 1989 La Mission Haut Brion was beyond perfection. In the palate, the wine coats your mouth, teeth and gums with layer after layer of powerful, dark, spicy, smoky fruits. The perfume changes with each swirl and sniff. The finish seems longer than 60 seconds. Power, intensity, richness, concentration and tannins are in abundance. Still youthful, give it at least another decade and your grandchildren can enjoy it for another 50 years, or more!

100 points - Tasted
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It took three hours before the wine hit the right spot and exploded with tobacco, iron, earth, cigar box, cassis, blackberry, wet earth, smoke and cherries. With incredible concentration, power, tannin and length, everything is there for a wine that will develop for decades. This is bigger than 1989 Haut Brion, but with a little less finesse. The finish must have remained for at least 50 seconds! If you have a case, try one. If you only have a few bottles, if you can wait another decade, or two, you'll have one of life's great wine tasting experiences! Shared with dad over dinner, what a great wine and an even better memory. And isn't that what wine is for?

98 points - Tasted
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La Mission Haut Brion Intense smokey aromas complicated by scents of hot stone, tobacco, cassis, blackberry, truffle, earth and spice. Full bodied, concentrated and powerful, with layers of ripe, juicy dark berries, the wine remains in your mouth for close to 60 seconds! At 21 years of age, this compelling Pessac Leognan is still young. While it offers an intense experience today, it's only going to get better with more time.

99 points - Tasted
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1989 La Mission Haut Brion opens with a powerful nose, filled with scents of fresh coffee bean, blackberry, cassis, spice, strawberry, smoke, minerality and earth. Massive, deep and stuffed with layers of ripe, rich, fruit with intense purity. The long finish is balanced and close to seamless. The wine could use a few mores of bottle age to soften the tannins and add more complexity. 98 Pts

98 points - Tasted
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Served blind at Chateau La Mission Haut Brion over dinner - Cigar, ash, minerals, earth, cassis, tar, leather black fruit, hot stones and freshly ground coffee beans open up the aromatic fireworks. This dense elixir is packed and stacked with layers of rich, intense, ripe dark fruit. The tannins feel ripe. But this wine is tannic and requires more bottle age than Haut Brion. The wine finishes with an intense display of ripe, spicy black fruit, cassis and fresh dark cherries.

99 points - Tasted
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Cassis, tobacco, chocolate, plums, smoke, and licorice with dark berry aromatics are all over the place. Full bodied with intense levels of concentration, this is one of those rare thrill a sip wines. Dense, opulent, rich, and fat, this wine tastes great, pouring over every inch, every nook and cranny, of your mouth. The seamless finish goes on and on with an endless array of palate pleasing, sensations. Still young, it will get better over the next several decades.

99 points - Tasted
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1989 La Mission Haut Brion is rock star wine! Make no bones about it. This is the real deal. The deep ruby color shows little signs of age. Spice box aromatics with earth, mocha, chocolate, coffee, smoke and tobacco fill the room. The palate experiences an orgasm as the orgy of ripe fruit dances all over your senses. And endless sea of ripe cherry, black fruit and spice are truly something to experience. This tastes much younger than you might think as it’s almost 20 years old. This is compelling wine! This is what great wine is all about. The scary thing is, the best is yet to come. 100 Pts

100 points - Tasted
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Perhaps more concentrated than the Haut Brion, but it was not as balanced, elegant or assimilated. Still it was a great wine, but on that night, as a matter of style, I preferred the Haut Brion.

97 points - Tasted
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Inky, blackberry, chocolate, mineral, tobacco, smoke and earthy scents slam your senses. Huge, tannic, rich, large scaled flavors are almost too much of a good thing. I said almost. This is what great Bordeaux is all about!

99 points - Tasted
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This offers a beautiful perfume of herbs, minerals, licorice and BBQ smoke. Thick, dense and full bodied and filled with ripe fruit.

95 points - Tasted
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1989Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)96 pts

The best bottle of this wine I've ever tasted kicked out with an array of secondary aromatics, butterscotch, popcorn, candied lemon peel, butter and lemon wax. Full bodied, fleshy, luscious citrus stuck with you in the finish. The wine continued evolving in the glass.

96 points - Tasted
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1989 Laville Haut Brion opened with a perfume of lemon wax, fresh cut grass, citrus oil and bees wax. Soft textures were made better with a vanilla, orange and lemon finish. Fully mature, I would not hold this wine for further development. 92 Pts

92 points - Tasted
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Vanilla, waxy flowers and citrus on the nose. Sweet from ripe fruit, but the slightly tart and short finish was not appealing

87 points - Tasted
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1988Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

88 La Mission Haut Brion took coaxing to bring out the cedar, earth, tobacco, cassis and olive aromatics. The soft textured wine shows a hint of green in the finish. This wine is fully mature. 90 Pts

90 points - Tasted
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1987Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

Fading, but still holding on to its citrus, pear and tropical fruits, you also find a liberal dose of honeysuckle and stone. Medium bodied, and on its way to being even lighter, as it continues dropping fruit and increasing its acidities. Drink up.

90 points - Tasted
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1986Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

1986 La Mission Haut Brion is filled with smoke, tobacco, cassis and cherry. This austere, chunky styled wine ends with a cassis and cherry finish. Drink up. 90 Pts

90 points - Tasted
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1985Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)93 pts

Better on the nose, with its smoky, vanilla, butterscotch and lemony freshness, than on the palate, which while it showed density and a citrus character, it was a little listless in the finish. This bottle was good, but not great and definitely not worth the money. FWIW, I have tasted better examples of this in the past.

90 points - Tasted
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1985 Laville Haut Brion Blanc offered a beautiful, complex perfume filled with honey, floral, mineral, vanilla, citrus rind and lemon. Round, voluptuous and plush, this fully mature, white Bordeaux wine ends with a fresh, zesty, lemon finish.

93 points - Tasted
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Very lemon waxy with elements of fresh cut grass and ripe fruit. Thick, dense flavors and a long, sweet, citrus filled finish.

90 points - Tasted
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1985Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

With a rustic leaning on the style scale, the wine offers cassis, tobacco, smoke, earth, forest floor, leaf and cigar box aromatics. This is fully mature. There is no reason to hold this any longer.

90 points - Tasted
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1984Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)75 pts

"Who's knocking at my doo"r said the 1984 Laville Haut Brion Blanc... It's death. There was a glimmer of fruit remaining, but that was hard to find. The wine was maderized. My advice, don't buy this for a birth year wine.

75 points - Tasted
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1983Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)91 pts

Fully mature, the fresh lemon peel, vanilla, spice, orange and stone nose gets things off to a good start. Almost lush in texture, the sweet, ripe citrus in the finish keeps things interesting. There is no reason to age this any longer.

91 points - Tasted
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Light gold with straw in color, notes of lemon, apricot and honeysuckle dominated the perfume. Light on the palate, some bitterness was found in the citrus and apricot finish. This wine is well past its prime. Drink up.

85 points - Tasted
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1983Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)87 pts

1983 La Mission Haut Brion offers leafy, cherry pipe tobacco, smoke and earthy aromatics. The wine displayed hints of green flavors with tart fruit in the soft textured finish. It's time to drink up. 87 Pts

87 points - Tasted
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1982Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)100pts

WOW! Just the visuals of this wine in the glass lets you know, you are in for a treat. Mind boggling intensity, concentration and depth of raw materials are at play here. The fruit takes over your palate and stays there for a full 60 seconds. The aromatics combine wet earth, smoke, tar and notes of an unlit Behike cigar. I know this because I had one handy and was trying to show my girlfriend what cigar wrapper scents were like, and I grabbed the best example I could find. The tannins and there, but with fully polished edges. This is what great, aged Bordeaux is all about.

100 points - Tasted
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Always a thrill to taste, with its smoke, cigar box, tobacco, thyme, cassis and blackberry nose. Full bodied, concentrated, rich and loaded with fruit and character, this just keeps getting better and better. You can feel free to pop a cork on this beauty now, or wait a few more decades.

99 points - Tasted
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Compelling, powerful, intense, concentrated, long and mouth filling, the smoky, tobacco, truffle, burning campfire, cigar box, blackberry and cassis characteristics remain with you from start to the seemingly endless finish. This example was still youthful, although as you can see, it clearly offers a sublime experience today. As you might expect with bottles that are close to 35 years of age, there will be bottle variation. This note was for the better bottle.

100 points - Tasted
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A perfect bottle of a perfect wine! There was so much fruit, you could eat it with a spoon. But not just any fruit, the berries were incredibly ripe, fresh, energetic and sweet. The nose was all about the smoke, tobacco, cigar box and burning camp fire embers which were surrounded with an endless array of blackberries, plum and cassis. Deep, plush, polished and long, this is the perfect example of refined, elegant power and purity,

100 points - Tasted
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Stunning in every way! The nose screams its tarry, tobacco laden essence, the berries seem like they were smoked before vinification. The tannins have softened, the flavors have gained in complexity and the palate sensations have expanded.

100 points - Tasted
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Cigar box, tobacco, smoke, ash, tar and dark red berries make a great perfume. But with this bottle, the fruit was on the tart side with cranberry leaning with some rusticity in the finish. Clearly, this was not a correct bottle as I’ve had much better tastings of this potentially perfect wine. It's worth paying for paying in time or money for provenance.

94 points - Tasted
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There are great bottles, and there are amazing wines. When you get lucky and both those qualities hit with a legendary bottle, you are in for a stunning tasting experience. From the moment the wine hit the glass and released its smoky, tobacco, black fruit and earthy aromas, I knew I was in for something special. Layer after layer of intense, ripe, earthy fruits and sweet tannins coated my palate with flavor that must have gone on for 60 seconds! Thank God the dinner lasted 3 hours which allowed us to watch the bottle develop. Drink this now, or wait 20 years, this is the real deal...

100 points - Tasted
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Sublime! I could spend the morning telling you about the truffle, smoke, tar, tobacco, blackberry, black cherry, earthy fruits, or the rich, concentrated texture, the palate coating finish, and the power of the wine, but I think I'll stick with sublime. As good as this is, it's only going to get better with time too!

98 points - Tasted
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Tar, cassis, black cherry, cedar wood, Cuban Cigar wrapper, truffle, slate and charcoal scents created a potent perfume. On the palate, the wine is dense, powerful, rich and concentrated with layers of ripe, sweet berries, ending in a finish of licorice, black cherry, herbs and spice, that must last at least 50 seconds. At 31 years of age, this is still young!

98 points - Tasted
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Smoke, tobacco, cherry pipe tobacco, tar, earth, truffle and stones make up the perfume. Full bodied and packed with cassis, black berries and spice, this tannic wine requires time before full maturity. This was not a perfect example of this often stellar wine. I've tasted much better bottles on different occasions. Provenance is worth paying for.

95 points - Tasted
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1982 La Mission Haut Brion explodes from the glass with an complex array of aromas including tobacco leaf, spice, leather, tar, cassis, truffle and fresh earth. This dense, powerful, masculine wine is graceful, elegant and complex. The finish fills the mouth with a purity of fruit that is seldom seen in a wine. Still young, this wine will age for decades. 100 Pts

100 points - Tasted
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This Bordeaux wine is filled with smoke, tobacco, earth, tar and minerals. In the mouth, this juicy, large boned, structured wine is massive. The powerful wine ends with black cherry and dark berries. Still young, this wine needs time for the tannins to resolve. I’ve had better bottles of this potentially magical wine. This bottle, while good, was not at the level of greatness normally found. It was a bit reserved.

95 points - Tasted
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Tobacco, spice, earthy, tar, leather and hot brick aromatics with hints of licorice make up the aromatics. Soft, silky and perfectly balanced, this sophisticated wine was sadly, not a perfect bottle. The color was a little light and the wine lacked the levels of concentration found in the best bottles. While this was a good experience, it did not deliever the thrills discovered in the best bottles.

95 points - Tasted
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This wine shot off all the bells and whistles anyone could want in a wine. This wine makes the blind see, the deaf hear and can be used at revivals to help the wheelchair bound walk again! This was off the charts. If the scale ran over 100, this bottle would bust the triple digit mark. The perfume was intoxicating. Very rich, deep, concentrated and complex. The non stop layers of flavors and sensations that cascade over your palate like water at Niagara Falls is something that has to be tasted to be believed. The seamless finish lasted over a minute, I timed it! Absolutely incredible. If anyone doubts this wine is equal to, or better than the more famous and expensive Haut Brion, they need to taste it. This was a mind blowing wine! Still young, this sublime elixir can be tasted today for its incredible richness, but another decade will do magical things. 100 Pts

100 points - Tasted
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An earthy, truffle, smoke and black fruit perfume was compelling. The palate texture that was a thing of beauty. Could a wine get better than this?

99 points - Tasted
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Smokey aromatics with olives, black fruits, tobacco and cassis please the senses. This wine has such a beautiful mouth feel. It’s very sexy with its layers of silky, concentrated fruit. Does Bordeaux get much better? Does any wine get better?

99 points - Tasted
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The smoke filled nose with minerals, herbs and mountains f ripe fruit accented by coffee, toffee and mocha with lightly toasted bread needs to be experienced. Off the charts! But the party doesn’t stop there. The palate experiences endless layers of rich, deep, ripe, concentrated and complex juicy fruit.

99 points - Tasted
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Complex aromatics filled with truffle, tobacco, smoke, leather, cassis, plums and forest floor. Concentrated, deep and lush with round, silky tannins, freshness and complete harmony. The long seamless finish remains in your mouth for over a minute.

98 points - Tasted
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Young, very concentrated, highly extracted juice with a beautiful smoky nose. Your palate is completely drenched in flavor in every sip. Everything is in balance with this stunning wine.

98 points - Tasted
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1982Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)83 pts

1982 Laville Haut Brion seemed old, tired and past its prime. Light in aromatics with muted flavors. This wine has started dropping its fruit.

83 points - Tasted
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1981Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

1981 La Mission Haut Brion offers tobacco, truffle, earth and smoky cassis scents, Soft, supple and fully mature, the wine finishes with light black cherry and cassis flavors. This will not improve. Drink up. 90 Pts

90 points - Tasted
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1979Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

Fully mature, with a floral, spice, sweet Meyer lemon, Mandarin orange nose. The wine has soft textures and a medium bodied finish, with a kiss of honey on top of the citrus in the end note that adds additional character.

90 points - Tasted
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1979Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

Smoky, earthy, intense tobacco, forest floor and fresh, cherries, slightly rustic tannins, fresh, but fading dark red fruits.

90 points - Tasted
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1979 La Mission Haut Brion sports cherry pipe tobacco scents with hints of forest floor and mushroom. Light in style, this elegant, soft wine ends with cherry flavors and a hint of tartness. This wine needs to be drunk up. 89 Pts

88 points - Tasted
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1979 La Mission Haut Brion started with a smoke and filled nose with caramel tomato, cassis and earthy aromas. Soft, short and ending with a hint of tart, cassis flavors, this wine needs to drunk up.

85 points - Tasted
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1978Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)92 pts

This was what classic Bordeaux is about, with all its leafy notes, cedar wood, cassis and spicy red fruits. But the tannins are tough, almost austere and the tartness, coupled with the greenery in the finish detract from the wonderful, aromatics and length.

90 points - Tasted
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The nose is clearly stunning, with its Cuban cigar, tobacco, smoke, earth and cassis character. But the fruit is starting to fade, as the sweetness is no longer evident. There is a rusticity to the tannins in the tapenade, tobacco and cassis finish that lacks elegance. This is a good example of an old school, Bordeaux with its best days having already gone by.

89 points - Tasted
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Cigar box, ash, tobacco, smoke, tar and creme de cassis are easy to find in the aromatics. Full bodied and with rustic tannins, this old school style of Pessac Leognan shows some green flavors in the cassis filled finish. Drink up as this is not going to improve.

91 points - Tasted
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1978 La Mission Haut Brion is stuffed with smoky cherries, tobacco, minerality, truffle, tar, blackberry and earthy scents. But the wine is not as good as it was 2 years ago, and at that time, it was not as good as it was a few years before that. Ther is still ample pleasure to be found in this fully mature wine, but it’s not a wine to hold for further evolution as its slowly drying out. 92 Pts

92 points - Tasted
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1978 La Mission Haut Brion, while good, suffered when showed with the other, mature vintages. Mature color with aromas of chocolate, herbs, spices and strawberry. Fully mature with good concentration, but the plum filled, finish showed a hint of greenness, ending on a pleasant, earthy, tobacco note. Fully mature, there is no reason to hold this wine hoping for further development. 92 Pts

92 points - Tasted
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1978Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)85 pts

Clearly fading. Not much fruit of interest going on here. The was simply, simple, lacking in intensity and complexity. Drinkable, but if there was another choice available, I'd prefer the other bottle.

85 points - Tasted
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1975Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)97 pts

I do not get the reverence this wine holds with many collectors. Perhaps it's that it was at one time scored 100 Pts by Parker. But I am not seeing it. Powerful, big, concentrated and still tannic at over 40 years of age, I suppose that is saying something. But the tannins are hard, rustic, firm and a bit drying. The nose and its power are the best parts of the wine. Either lay this down for another 10-20 years, decant 4-6 hours, or, unless this is your style of wine, sell it.

94 points - Tasted
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Young, but not immature, this is what old school, classic Bordeaux is all about. The tannins are still there, but there is a wealth of fruit that fills your mouth and palate. Stylistically, it is a very beefy, masculine, tannic wine with a hard spine. It's amazing to think that at close to 40 years of age, another 5 years are going to add the wine, but if the bottle is well stored, those 5 more years will make this even better. Kind of makes you feel sorry for anyone buying this as a future.

95 points - Tasted
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This is a very good wine. But it's not one of the best wines from La Misison Haut Brion. The nose, with its smoke, truffle, tobacco, cigar box, dark cherry and spicy aroma primes your pump. But the tough, stern, austere nature of the wine on your palate lacks the same charm as the nose. Perhaps this is a classic Bordeaux lovers dream. It's a good wine. I can see the quality. But the style is not for everyone. I have a few bottles remaining. Perhaps I'll pop another when the wine hits 50.

95 points - Tasted
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La Mission Haut Brion An array of ripe and overripe fruits, smoke, truffle, cedar, forest floor, jam and cigar box scents capture your attention. Full bodied, powerful and still tannic, the wine offers a wall of fruit, but the equally powerful, rustic tannins gives the wine a masculine, brawny, personality that will not go away regardless of how much age the wine receives. Perhaps this is a modern day version of 1928 Bordeaux and the wine needs another 30 years in the bottle. But who has that much patience or time?

97 points - Tasted
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1975 La Mission Haut Brion opens with a hint of volatile acidity along with smoke, forest floor, earth, dark cherry, cassis and cedar wood aromas. Huge is an apt descriptor. The levels of tannin that remain are troubling. There is no doubting the quality of the wine. But the levels of tannin and their rustic personality detract from what would otherwise be a sensational tasting experience. 96 Pts

96 points - Tasted
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1975 La Mission Haut Brion remains a brute. Very powerful, concentrated, but tannic, showing an old school, toughness to the character. With more air, the wine opened, revealing a tarry, tobacco and spice filled nose. Very concentrated, tannic and intense. At close to 35 years of age, it demands another decade of bottle age before it becomes civilized. I pity the people who bought this on release hoping they could drink it while either they or the wine were young. 95 Pts

95 points - Tasted
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If you’re looking for elegance, don’t stop here. But if you want to experience a packed and stacked bottle of old school Bordeaux, with an austere style, you came to the right place. The wine is filled with deep, layers of fruit that take over every nook and cranny of your palate. Tobacco, earth, wet forest aromas with olives, herbs and the smell of a hot brick oven need to be experienced to believed. This is a huge, tannic, masculine, concentrated and extracted style of wine.

97 points - Tasted
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1971Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)83 pts

Brick and ruby in color, tobacco, olives, herbs, green leaf, cassis and cranberry aromas create the perfume. Medium bodied with rustic textures and a dry, tart, red berry finish. Drink up as this will only get worse.

83 points - Tasted
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1970Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)88 pts

The color was deep. The aromaticswere complex. But the finish was short and tart. This brawny styled wine was better on the nose than palate. It probably offered more pleasure 5 years ago. Nothing lasts forever, especially wine.

88 points - Tasted
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1966Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)97 pts

Served double blind, it was impossible for anyone at the table to believe this was 50 years old! Deep yellow in color, with a crushed rock, vanilla, marzipan, citrus, butterscotch, popcorn and lemon liqueur nose, it was hard to put the glass down. Rich, almost oily in texture, with ample freshness, the finish did not seem to quit, as it remained with you for at least 40 seconds! The wine did not lose its fruit in the glass during the dinner.

97 points - Tasted
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Absolutely stunning in every way. With a few short years to go before this wine hits its 50th birthday, the golden hued beauty was butterscotch, popcorn, butter, caramel and citrus peel, Smooth as silk, the finish reminded me of a fresh vanilla custard.

96 points - Tasted
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1966Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

Fully mature, perfectly aged claret, with a focus on its smoky, tobacco and cherry aromatics, over the light cherry, pipe tobacco palate presence. Drink up.

88 points - Tasted
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Medium bodied, elegant, soft and incredibly smoky, the wine reminded of walking into a cigar store. Toss in fresh, sweet cherries and spill wet, earth on the floor and you get an idea of what this wine charmer is like. This is not going to improve. This bottle was probably better than most examples as I purchased it from the original owner. Not decanted. My guess is, the wine was better years ago. If you have a bottle, pop that cork.

90 points - Tasted
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Earthy, forest notes, black fruit and complex spices made a beautiful perfume. But, the finish to me was short and light.

88 points - Tasted
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1964Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)92 pts

A very solid bottle of this wine served up smoky, licorice, blackberry and earthy tasting experience that alternated between red and black flavors. Medium bodied and fully mature, there is no good reason to age this wine any longer.

91 points - Tasted
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With a perfume blending black cherries, cassis, spice, earth, cigar box, tar and truffle scents, this old school wine has some rough edges to the texture. While it shows slightly more depth than the 1964 Haut Brion, the wine is not going to improve. Drink up.

91 points - Tasted
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With its tar, spice, cassis, forest floor and tobacco notes, it was easy to see this wine was fully mature. 64 LMHB is slightly austere in character, although that did not stop its ample , smoky, leather and tar charms from coming through. The wine ended with cassis, earth and dark cherries.

92 points - Tasted
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1961Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)97 pts

Still showing good depth of color, the wine opens with smoke, tobacco, cigar wrapper, mint, cherry, spearmint, cedar wood and cassis scents. Big, potent, concentrated and intense, there is length, volume, complexity and character, with a masculine leaning that you cannot miss.

97 points - Tasted
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Once again, the no great wines, only great bottle rules proves itself accurate and true. With a smoke, earth, spice and tobacco filled nose, the wine lacked the fruit, concentration, complexity, length and definition this should deliver. Clearly, this was this specific bottle and not the wine, as I've tasted great examples of this in the past. This was either damaged or fake. Such is life.

88 points - Tasted
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1961 La Mission Haut Brion is filled with smoke, cigar box, minerality, leather, tar, ash, blackberry and floral aromas. This mouth filling, rich, suave, polished wine is concentrated with black cherry and spicy, smoke filled blackberries. The wine coats your mouth with intensity and rich, round sensations. This bottle was not at the extraordinary level as the 1961 Haut Brion served the night before. But it's not that far from it either. 97 Pts

97 points - Tasted
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1961Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)94 pts

Tasting and looking at least 20 years younger than its true age, this fountain of youth was showing its fresh citrus, lemon peel and honeysuckle with ease. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, with a hint of honeyed sweetness in the citrus filled finish. Perhaps not as complex as other older vintages of Laville I've encountered, but this made up for that with its youthfulness.

94 points - Tasted
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1959Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)95 pts

With the patina of age, the exotic textures make an impression that adds to the complex set of smoke, tar, cigar box, truffle and burning campfire notes. Fully mature, this was very, very good But, perhaps there are better bottles out there that are even stronger. It's not a wine I get to taste much these days.

95 points - Tasted
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1955Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)100pts

An easy candidate for wine of the year. This is everything you dream about in a great wine, with room to spare. Once past the smoky, cigar store aromatics, the richness of the fruit, matched with its length and purity are really the stuff dreams are made of. Ridiculously expensive, but if you just won the lottery, or have wealthy friends, this bottle should be on your wishlist!

100 points - Tasted
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The nose, with its array of smoke, tobacco, cigar box, cassis, truffle, dark chocolate, cherry, barbecue, and sweet plum scents is unreal. As good as that was, the incredibly polished, silky, rich, opulent, velvet drenched textures stole the show. At 60 years of age, this amazing wine remains vibrant and alive, with a smoky, fruit filled finished that does not want to quit. Served double blind, I was sure it was 1961 Haut Brion. Who knows, this is that good and it could even be better! I might never see this again, but the memory is going to stick with me for the rest of my wine drinking days.Few wines deserve 100 Pts. There are even less wines that demand their own scale as they want to expand the range to 101 Pts. 1955 La Mission Haut Brion screams for a new scale, it's that good!

100 points - Tasted
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1950Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90 pts

Smoky, mineral characteristics along with leather, tar and black fruit. Offering good concentration with plumy notes. However, after 15 minutes, it quickly faded in the glass. But those first few minutes were very, very enjoyable.

90 points - Tasted
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1945Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)100pts

1945 La Mission Haut Brion from Magnum… This was my first time with this legendary wine. OMG, that’s “Oh My God”, is the best descriptor I can fathom. This wine was so fragrant, just popping the bottle would fill a room with its aromatics. Earthy, truffle, forest floor, spice, tobacco, fresh herbs, coffee and smoke do not begin to describe what you can find in this wine. Incredible layers of concentrated fruit that is ripe, fat and rich, further complicated with decades of age excite your senses. Chocolate, raspberry, cherry, strawberry, licorice, leather and coffee linger on your palate over sixty seconds while your remaining senses catch up to get in on the party. The wine offers an intense purity of fruit that is difficult to find, especially after 60 years of age

100 points - Tasted
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1940Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)87 pts

This was all about the smoke, tar, tobacco, cigar box, ash, earth, gravel and forest scents in the aromatics. That being said, for a war year wine, it was quite good. There was still some light, spicy red berries to be found on the palate. Fading, but fine, it was a treat to taste.

87 points - Tasted
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