Included with this lot is a visit, tasting and lunch at Château La Mission Haut-Brion for 6 people who will have the chance of touring the vineyard, vat rooms and cellars while receiving explanations on the facilities and practices from the winemakers.
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
La Mission Haut-Brion, together with Haut-Brion itself, are the two ‘twins’ of top Bordeaux, fascinating in their differences and yet with the shared parentage of ownership and a similar appellation. Sometimes the divergence is dramatic, with deep, structured, majestic La Mission, denser than the sumptuous softness of Haut-Brion, but they share the class, complexity and peaty/cigary Pessac-Léognan characteristics that draw in addicts such as ourselves. La Mission is fabulously consistent and with a wonderfully pronounced profile, married with the power to mature to perfection. It should, of course, be a First Growth and it is considered as such, always impressing in vertical tastings with its strong-flavoured impact, challenging its ‘rival’ at every turn. We, the consumers, want them both, to compare and contrast in consummate style.
2009 Tasting note
Only 50% of production went into the ‘grand vin’. Very aromatic nose. Big, irony wine of rich alcohol. The earthiness of La Mission with juicy acidity to match the ripeness. Cigary and really mouthcoating. Gummy, liquorice, mineral taste of great volume. In 2013, a concentrated, ‘tight’ bouquet leads to a great, plummy, inky taste. A giant still slumbering. Very tannic. Havana cigars on the finish.
Serena Sutcliffe, MW
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