Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Surrounded by the urban sprawl of Bordeaux and facing each other across the street are Châteaus Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion. The modern history of Mission Haut Brion dates from 1919 when Frédéric Woltner bought the estate. He, together with his sons, revitalised La Mission, installing the, then, cutting edge technology of temperature-controlled fermentation and restructuring the vineyards. However the next generation of Woltners fell into discord and sold La Mission Haut Brion to Domaine Clarence Dillon SA, owners of Château Haut Brion in 1983, bringing the two neighbours under the same ownership. Since then, La Mission Haut Brion has grown considerably in reputation and ranks among the best château, not only in Pessac-Léognan, but in Bordeaux as a whole. There are 21ha of vines, planted with 45% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the balance being Cabernet Franc. Red wines are aged in 100% new oak for just under 2 years.
"This very good to excellent 2013 exhibits a deep plum/ruby color as well as notes of subtle barbecue spice, black currants, incense and wet rocks. With good fruit on the attack, medium body and a short finish, it has the potential to be outstanding" ROBERT PARKER, AUGUST 2014
Very good matched with beef fillet with porcini and girolle mushrooms.
DECANTER, APRIL 2014
Superb ruby red, lovely nose of slightly earthy autumn fruits, fine texture, purity and harmony, not robust, almost a feminine La Mission, expressive and sophisticated. MATTHEW JUKES, APRIL 2014, SCORE: 17.5+
There is rather good balance here in spite of the very strict tannins. They are refreshing, not hard, which makes the wine grippingly exciting. A shorter 2 week maceration (as opposed to 3 week) meant that the fruit is tender and the palate shows more finesse. They only pumped-over at the beginning and decreased new oak by 10-20%. This has resulted in vibrant mulberry tones, luscious impact and tart acidity. It is so much livelier and musical than other leaden-footed Pessac-Léognan wines.