1981 Mission Haut Brion, La Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JG 93
  • WA 90
  • JR 90

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Reg: $199.94

$175.94

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JG 93
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, February 2015
I drank quite a bit of ’81 La Mission in the decade of the 1990s, as the wine was really lovely at that point in time. I had not seen a bottle in a long, long time, but this most recent example was outstanding, offering... I drank quite a bit of ’81 La Mission in the decade of the 1990s, as the wine was really lovely at that point in time. I had not seen a bottle in a long, long time, but this most recent example was outstanding, offering up a deep and very classy nose of cassis, tobacco smoke, a touch of eucalyptus, dark soil tones, a bit of La Mission’s medicinal nuances and a nice framing of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and classy, with lovely focus and balance, melting tannins and outstanding length and grip on the à point and very complex finish. A lovely vintage of La Mission for current drinking and one of the top wines of the vintage.
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2012
The 1981 exhibits a more youthful purple hue to its dark plum color than any vintage back to 1970. Somewhat narrowly constructed for a La Mission-Haut-Brion, it reveals plenty of incense, blueberry, black currant and... The 1981 exhibits a more youthful purple hue to its dark plum color than any vintage back to 1970. Somewhat narrowly constructed for a La Mission-Haut-Brion, it reveals plenty of incense, blueberry, black currant and crushed rock notes intertwined with a restrained, smoky character. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh and crisp with good concentration as well as a surprising youthfulness. However, the vintage’s deficiencies – a lack of heat and maturity – show up in the wine’s modest power and concentration. The 1981 does not possess the great richness, depth and intensity of the finest vintages, but it is still an outstanding effort that has aged extremely well. It could hold up for another two decades, but there is no point in deferring gratification. - Robert Parker
JR 90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, August 2015
Dark ruby nuanced colour. I tasted this blind and thought it was really very mature, bone dry, transparent and light - almost austere. Not that intense with notes of graphite. I did think it was a Pessac-Léognan and... Dark ruby nuanced colour. I tasted this blind and thought it was really very mature, bone dry, transparent and light - almost austere. Not that intense with notes of graphite. I did think it was a Pessac-Léognan and clearly not from a particularly ripe vintage. The vintage was chosen because it was the year of our marriage. This wine was not flattered by being served blind next to Cheval Blanc 1981. 17/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 1981

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Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion is definitely bewitching. It possesses a great intensity that delights with complex red fruits and and the signature of its terroir showing notes of Havana cigars, chocolate, and roasted cedarwood. On the palate, the wine is spherical and generous with a long, silky finish.

Winery

Mission Haut Brion, La

Winery Description: Created by the noble Lestonnac family in the early years of the 16th century, the vineyard of Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion owes its name and its reputation to a missionary order commonly known as the Lazarites, who held the property from 1682 until the French Revolution.

The property is situated just opposite that of Chateau Haut-Brion, in the Pessac-Leognan appellation of the Northern Graves region. The vineyard covers an area of 29 hectares of which 26.60 hectares are planted with 42.7% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10.3% Cabernet Franc with an annual production of 6,000 to 7,000 cases. Over 3 hectares are devoted to white grape varieties (Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc).

In 1983, the Dillon family, already owners of Chateau Haut-Brion, added Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion to Domaine Clarence Dillon’s holdings. The new owners immediately set to work on an ambitious renovation program for the property, giving La Mission a new lease on life.

In the space of twenty-five years, the Dillon family, having fallen under the spell of this enchanting estate, successfully completed their impressive makeover of Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion so that for many years to come , it might continue to offer wine connoisseurs the world over a little glimpse of paradise in each bottle.