Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2011 Pessac Leognon

This is a brilliant wine, a big, sexy classic La Mission, in fact one of the vintage's stars. Unfortunately though the production of the 2011 La Mission-Haut-Brion was only 4,100 cases,
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc
Sub Region:
Rich, bold and robust
Drinking Window:
Drink from 2020 through to 2030
Closure Type:
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Château La Mission Haut-Brion

The 26 hectares of vineyard at Château La Mission Haut Brion are planted with 45.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.8% Merlot and 10.4% Cabernet Franc. There is a notable increase in Merlot plantings matched with a decrease in Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc since the mid, 1990’s. The soil is deep gravel over clay, with a topsoil of sand and chalk. The vines average 28 years of age and the vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare.

Tasting Notes

"What a beautiful nose of Cabernet Sauvignon with currants, berries and hints of dark chocolate. Full and super silky with fine tannins and a very firm and long finish. Very long." James Suckling

Food Matches

Very good matched with beef fillet with porcini and girolle mushrooms.

Press Comments

"The small production (4,150 cases) of 2011 La Mission-Haut-Brion displays the nobility and complexity of this great terroir. Burning embers, scorched earth, blueberry, black currant, licorice and spice aromas jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored wine. With full body (atypical for a 2011), but no hard edges, this opulent, multidimensional, fleshy, rich, stunningly long, well-balanced La Mission is another great achievement in what has been nearly a century of producing remarkable wines from this hallowed vineyard. The long 2011 should be reasonably mature in another 4-6 years, and last for two decades. It will always be a revelation in a vintage that is unlikely to receive a lot of exciting press." Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #212 Apr 2014

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