2008 Mission Haut Brion, La Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • WE 95
  • NM 95
  • JS 93
  • JR 93
  • IWC 92

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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.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2012
Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. Two bottles tasted and I was initially parsimonious with my score since it seems to have closed down. Allowing the wine to continually aerate, it finally agrees to reveal... Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. Two bottles tasted and I was initially parsimonious with my score since it seems to have closed down. Allowing the wine to continually aerate, it finally agrees to reveal what is impressive ripeness “under the bonnet”, with blackberry, scorched earth, graphite and even a touch of honey. But it is just glimpses of what will evolve with time. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins, a little edgy and tense, vivacious with a very crisp, focused finish with beautifully integrated oak. Once the aromatics awaken, this will be superb.
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+
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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2008

Label

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.