Marks and reviews
A neighbour of the illustrious Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion has been an iconic Bordeaux wine for centuries. Founded in the 16th century by the de Lestonnac family, the estate was subsequently administered by Lazarist priests. Now owned by Clarence Dillon and Prince Robert de Luxembourg, Château La Mission Haut-Brion continues to shine among the world's greatest wines.
Located in the communes of Talence and Pessac, Château La Mission Haut-Brion looks after a vineyard planted on fine gravel soils resting on a subsoil of clay, sand, limestone and falun (a shell limestone). The vines of Château de La Mission Haut-Brion produce great Pessac-Léognan wines.
The winter began with high levels of rainfall, ideal for replenishing water reserves, and was from February onwards mild temperatures which advanced early budburst. The frost in April had a minimal impact on the vineyards, before a mild May. Flowering was uniform and of good quality. The vines withstood three waves of summer heat, supported by the expertise of the teams and the adaptation of viticultural practices. The rain on 13 August restored the vineyard. Despite their small size, the grapes were of excellent quality.
Winemaking and ageing
Ageing in barrels (62.2% new).
Cabernet Sauvignon (51.7%)
Cabernet Franc (5.1%)
The wine has a deep crimson colour.
Subtle and complex, the nose reveals a wonderful olfactory depth.
An intense and enveloping attack gives way to the palate’s fine tannic structure.