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Château la Mission Haut-Brion Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Berry Bros & Rudd review: Legendary winemaker Jean-Philippe Delmas produces two of Bordeaux's greatest<br/>wines: Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. Reflecting the character of the<br/>vintage, this La Mission has much more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (48%, with<br/>52% Merlot) which comes through on the more structured palate. This has a<br/>classy vanilla-oak nose with mocha hints. The ripe plum and cherry fruit is as<br/>pure and concentrated as ever although the tannins are more formidable than<br/>usual making this a real vin de garde. This is arguably just as good as its<br/>illustrious stablemate in 2002. Drink 2012-2020.

Château La Mission Haut-brion:
When the wine is young, the initial sensation is its unctuousness, the softness of a very ripe grape, the freshness of aromas and at the same time the texture of very special tanins. These meld with a trace of mineral in the wine. It is as if the land was in the glass, comprising notes of roasted coffee beans, cocoa and tobacco. This delicate bitterness is somewhat reminiscent of crystallized c... Read more
When the wine is young, the initial sensation is its unctuousness, the softness of a very ripe grape, the freshness of aromas and at the same time the texture of very special tanins. These meld with a trace of mineral in the wine. It is as if the land was in the glass, comprising notes of roasted coffee beans, cocoa and tobacco. This delicate bitterness is somewhat reminiscent of crystallized cherry-stones seeped in spirit. It is certainly a penchant for revealing all its qualities at once that distinguishes the wines of La Mission and pleases a lot of tasters. It is also the consummate expression of the land of the Graves of Pessac. When maturing, this wine is still generous, openly proffering all its qualities. This hedonistic side is one of its most attractive particularities. Read less

Berry Bros & Rudd review: Legendary winemaker Jean-Philippe Delmas produces two of Bordeaux's greatest<br/>wines: Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. Reflecting the character of the<br/>vintage, this La Mission has much more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (48%, with<br/>52% Merlot) which comes through on the more structured palate. This has a<br/>classy vanilla-oak nose with mocha hints. The ripe plum and cherry fruit is as<br/>pure and concentrated as ever although the tannins are more formidable than<br/>usual making this a real vin de garde. This is arguably just as good as its<br/>illustrious stablemate in 2002. Drink 2012-2020.

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