Type: Red Wine
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Code: MISS025
"La Mission is even more impressive than its neighbour and stable mate, Haut-Brion, in 2012. The wine has the second highest proportion of Merlot ever (after 2005) reflecting the vintage conditions. You don't notice the high alcohol here because of the underlying acidity. Leafy, perfumed and complex with structured tannins, cassis, plum and blackberry fruit and remarkable freshness and length. One of the two best Left Bank reds in 2012." Tim Atkin MW

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.
Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2012 shows fine depth of colour and has the earthy/Graves nose of La Chapelle but a better expression of fruit, very polished and ripe due to 62% Merlot, but time is needed to dominate the fine but rather firm tannins. Steven Spurrier - Decanter - April 2013
Very good matched with beef fillet with porcini and girolle mushrooms.

"The 2012 La Mission Haut-Brion, which represents 41% of the total production, is a blend of 62% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of tobacco leaf, forest floor, underbrush and red as well as black fruit aromas jump from this aromatic, seductive, open-knit La Mission. Medium to full-bodied, round, generous, lush and flattering to taste, even at this young age, it is built along the stylistic lines of the 2001 or 1999. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. Like its bigger sibling, the second wine, the 2012 La Chapelle de la Mission, was the result of a harvest that occurred between September 17 and October 9. (Keep in mind that the micro-climate of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion is essentially within a highly developed suburb of Bordeaux.)" Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #206 - Apr 2013

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