2008 Mission Haut Brion, La Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 95
  • WE 95
  • JS 93
  • JR 93
  • IWC 92
  • WS 90

Reviews for 2008 Mission Haut Brion, La Bordeaux Blend

WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2012
Like a lot of wines in this underrated vintage the 2008 La Mission was one of the great bargains of recent vintages. Its healthy blue/purple color is followed by aromas of blueberries black raspberries licorice truffles... Like a lot of wines in this underrated vintage the 2008 La Mission was one of the great bargains of recent vintages. Its healthy blue/purple color is followed by aromas of blueberries black raspberries licorice truffles underbrush and forest floor. The scorched earthy/smoky character of this estate's terroir has not yet emerged. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated with good acidity freshness and delineation this is a big wine for the vintage but also very classic in its balance of tannin acidity and extract. It will benefit from another 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades. The final blend was 51% Cabernet Sauvignon 43% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Dark and concentrated this is a powerhouse of flavors and dense tannins. It's a wonderful combination of velvet texture and dry structure. Layered complex wood and spice already showing signs of integration but certainly... Dark and concentrated this is a powerhouse of flavors and dense tannins. It's a wonderful combination of velvet texture and dry structure. Layered complex wood and spice already showing signs of integration but certainly set for the long haul.- R.V.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2010
Fascinating aromas of crushed berry plums sweet tobacco and stones. Full bodied with chewy and velvety tannins and a long long finish. This is very structured and rich with a bright and tangy acidity. Needs time to come... Fascinating aromas of crushed berry plums sweet tobacco and stones. Full bodied with chewy and velvety tannins and a long long finish. This is very structured and rich with a bright and tangy acidity. Needs time to come together obviously. Try after 2015.
JR 93
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, January 2012
Mid crimson. Quite a light nose but lovely fresh tea and herbs on the palate. Real interest under here. This wine reveals itself successively via layers of flavour on the palate. Invigorating. Health juice. Lovely... Mid crimson. Quite a light nose but lovely fresh tea and herbs on the palate. Real interest under here. This wine reveals itself successively via layers of flavour on the palate. Invigorating. Health juice. Lovely texture. Slightly dry on the end. 18/20
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Deep ruby-purple. Expressive aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, underbrush, smoke and minerals. Juicy, spicy and on the lean side, but with excellent firmness and lift to the dark berry, tar and tobacco flavors. This... Deep ruby-purple. Expressive aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, underbrush, smoke and minerals. Juicy, spicy and on the lean side, but with excellent firmness and lift to the dark berry, tar and tobacco flavors. This gained considerable mid-palate sweetness and pliancy with air. But almost austere today on the minerally finish, which features ripe tannins and impressively long, juicy fruit. 92+
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
Tangy and lightly firm with cherry pit pomegranate and blackberry notes followed by sage and tobacco. There's nice focus with a tarry hint for added length on the finish. Rather tight nowwith the edgy feel holding sway... Tangy and lightly firm with cherry pit pomegranate and blackberry notes followed by sage and tobacco. There's nice focus with a tarry hint for added length on the finish. Rather tight nowwith the edgy feel holding sway but this should settle into itself nicely enough. Best from 2013 through 2018.-J.M.
JJB 95
David Derby - JJ Buckley, April 2009
Remarkably dark color. Aroma of dried rose petal dust tobacco and granite. Big entry of rich round tannin. Intensely concentrated and deep.