• Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1er Grand Cru 2010 98+

    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1er Grand Cru 2010

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    98+pts - Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    Robert Parker, Jr.s, Wine Advocate: Rated as An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume. "A strong candidate for a perfect score in about 15 years, the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion could well turn out to be a modern-day version of their 1955. Sadly (or maybe fortunately) for me, I'm not old enough to have tasted the 1955 in 1958 from bottle, but this wine could also be an update on the more modern 2000 which, of course, I know well and actually own. This full-bodied, colossal giant of a wine is one of the goliaths of the vintage. It may well have the highest level of natural alcohol for any wine from the Left Bank of Bordeaux (15.1%) and has the definite potential to be a 50- to 75-year wine. Dense purple, it offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal embers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur along with massive concentration, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel and a monumental finish that goes well past a minute, which I think might be a record for a young Bordeaux. Keep in mind that the 2009, which I gave three digits, came in at 14.7%, but the pH of the 2010 is lower, giving the wine a freshness and precision that is remarkable. The final blend was 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and unlike the Chapelle de la Mission, which has 26% Cabernet Franc there's only 1% Cabernet Franc in the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion. This is a wine for those of you with youth on your side as well as patience. It will need a good decade of cellaring. An amazing wine. Anticipated maturity: 2024-2075+." Feb 2013

    Winery:  "The striking, deep-purple colour of this wine is reminiscent of a ripe aubergine. It has an intense, complex bouquet, blending hints of oak with blackcurrant, liquorice, and chocolate. The nose reveals a seemingly endless range of aromas. On the palate, the breadth and expressivity of this wine is immediately impressive. The tannins are flavourful and its structure is poised, buoyed up by incredible freshness. To take an architectural metaphor, 2010 Ch̢teau La Mission Haut-Brion is reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower. Its structure is immediately perceptible but, although it is obviously a substantial construction, it gives an impression of lightness and elegance. These contrasts make it easier to understand the challenge that faced the architects in both cases: to achieve perfect balance. Like Mr. Eiffel and his builders, we are satisfied we have been successful."

    Size:  750ml; cork
    Varietal:  37% Merlot Noir, 62% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Cabernet Franc 
    Alcohol:  15.1%
    Region: Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France