A complicated and sophisticated 2016 red Haut-Brion
After a scorching 2016 summer, Haut-Brion's terroir was revitalized with rain on September 13th. The grapes that were planted in the Pessac-Leognan appellation reached optimum maturity. Merlot 57.5% and Cabernet Sauvignon 42.5% were harvested in September 19th and October 4th.
Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion red 2016 has a remarkably intense red-garnet color. The nose is very aromatic and complex. On the palate, the attack is generous, broad and sweet. The wine is very full in the mouth. The tannins are full of class and a pleasure to enjoy. La Mission Haut-Brion red 2016 is without a doubt the most complete and charming wine from the estate in recent years.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. We had to be patient and wait for each plot, Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. It took longer than usual. As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the gaff over the road Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation. I thought that the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion flirted with perfection. The 2016 has that extra edge, a je ne sais quoi that leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives.