Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: La Mission Haut Brion
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
District: Pessac Leognan
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
(AG=99) The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion was stunning from the barrel, and now in bottle. It has a sublime bouquet of blackberries, briar, and hints of dark chocolate and rose petals that gain intensity with aeration while maintaining ethereal delineation. It never steps on the accelerator too hard. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is still a veneer of new oak that will need to be assimilated over the coming years. This is a deep La Mission that caresses the mouth. Touches of graphite lingering on a finish that fans out gloriously. Is the 2016 up there with the 1955 or 1989? Nearly.
(RP=98+) The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple in color, it is just a little muted to begin, soon unfurling to reveal slowly growing scents of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries, dark chocolate, and candied violets with nuances of crushed rocks, tobacco leaf, forest floor, and fragrant earth plus a hint of bergamot. Medium-bodied and exquisitely elegant, the palate offers perfectly ripe, fine-grained tannins and tons of freshness with layer upon layer of perfumed fruit and a very long, ferrous-laced finish.
(WS=97) This is super vivid, offering cassis, blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry compote flavors that bristle with energy while a mouthwatering frame of anise and applewood adds electric energy. This is borderline rambunctious but it's bridled well enough and when the fruit and wood sides mesh fully, this will be a rock star. Best from 2025 through 2040. 7,300 cases made.
(JS=97) Regal wine, showing alluringly ripe and dark plums, that carries a wealth of complexity in its DNA - fine spices, leaves, graphite, violets, and more. The palate has a very precise drive and super focused style and delivers authoritative tannins that are arranged in a linear fashion. Power with elegance. Try from 2024.