2010 Mission Haut Brion, La Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JS 100
  • WA 98
  • IWC 98
  • WS 97
  • NM 97
  • WE 97

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JS 100
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 2013
This is crazy. The nose is so unique with the iodine, stones and currant aromas with wet earth and mushroom. Aromas like this don't usually come out until 10 years or so in the bottle. Classic nose for this estate... This is crazy. The nose is so unique with the iodine, stones and currant aromas with wet earth and mushroom. Aromas like this don't usually come out until 10 years or so in the bottle. Classic nose for this estate. Full-bodied, with an amazing palate of firm yet polished tannins and a solid palate. So dense and gorgeous. It is really stunning. Try in 2020.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
98+ A strong candidate for a perfect score in about 15 years, the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion could well turn out to be a modern-day version of their 1955. Sadly (or maybe fortunately) for me, I’m not old enough to have... 98+ A strong candidate for a perfect score in about 15 years, the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion could well turn out to be a modern-day version of their 1955. Sadly (or maybe fortunately) for me, I’m not old enough to have tasted the 1955 in 1958 from bottle, but this wine could also be an update on the more modern 2000 which, of course, I know well and actually own. This full-bodied, colossal giant of a wine is one of the goliaths of the vintage. It may well have the highest level of natural alcohol for any wine from the Left Bank of Bordeaux (15.1%) and has the definite potential to be a 50- to 75-year wine. Dense purple, it offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal embers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur along with massive concentration, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel and a monumental finish that goes well past a minute, which I think might be a record for a young Bordeaux. Keep in mind that the 2009, which I gave three digits, came in at 14.7%, but the pH of the 2010 is lower, giving the wine a freshness and precision that is remarkable. The final blend was 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and – unlike the Chapelle de la Mission, which has 26% Cabernet Franc – there’s only 1% Cabernet Franc in the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion. This is a wine for those of you with youth on your side as well as patience. It will need a good decade of cellaring. An amazing wine. Anticipated maturity: 2024-2075+. - Robert Parker
IWC 98
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2013
Deep, saturated ruby-red. Sweet, brooding aromas of cassis, coffee, minerals and licorice. Superconcentrated, voluptuous and seamless, with outstanding density of fruit and noteworthy precision to the compellingly sweet... Deep, saturated ruby-red. Sweet, brooding aromas of cassis, coffee, minerals and licorice. Superconcentrated, voluptuous and seamless, with outstanding density of fruit and noteworthy precision to the compellingly sweet dark berry and mineral flavors. The broad, ripely tannic finish features extraordinary length and lingering violet and flint flavors. The best young La Mission I remember tasting at a similar stage of development. This is one of my three or four top wines of the vintage.
WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2013
Intense and engaging. Despite showing lots of heft and tarry grip, the singed apple wood and alder notes are well-defined in this red, accentuating a core of roasted fig, blackberry coulis and macerated red and black... Intense and engaging. Despite showing lots of heft and tarry grip, the singed apple wood and alder notes are well-defined in this red, accentuating a core of roasted fig, blackberry coulis and macerated red and black currant fruit. The long, bramble-edged finish sports showy ganache and Lapsang souchong tea notes, while the structure refuses to yield until everything has finally played out. Muscular and vivacious. Best from 2019 through 2040. 5,100 cases made. –JM
NM 97
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2014
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2010 is beginning to really show its class. Strangely, here it is more introspective and broody on the nose: intense blackberry and... Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2010 is beginning to really show its class. Strangely, here it is more introspective and broody on the nose: intense blackberry and boysenberry aromas, fine mineralite, quite feminine and symmetrical. After 10 minutes it develops more intensity and volume. The palate is medium-bodied with firm and taut tannins. This is very linear and focused, very intense and backwards, with a compelling sense of symmetry and precision on the mineral-laden finish. Aristocratic.
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
A beautifully dense, ripe wine, its intense acidity balanced by an opulent structure and gorgeous fruits. The texture is smooth and velvety, while never losing sight of the powerful structure. This elegant and powerful... A beautifully dense, ripe wine, its intense acidity balanced by an opulent structure and gorgeous fruits. The texture is smooth and velvety, while never losing sight of the powerful structure. This elegant and powerful wine will age for many years.
JJB 99
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, April 2011
62% cabernet sauvignon 37% merlot and 1% cabernet franc. It is aged for 18-22 months in new oak. From 27 hectares of gravelly clay soil. Ten percent less production than 2009. This looms much larger than the second wine... 62% cabernet sauvignon 37% merlot and 1% cabernet franc. It is aged for 18-22 months in new oak. From 27 hectares of gravelly clay soil. Ten percent less production than 2009. This looms much larger than the second wine with a nose full of spice black tea and dried tobacco. Pure power on the palate this is dense but still somehow weightless with tannins packed very tight. Flavors of licorice black cherry truffle and chocolate abound on the palate. The freshness and density balances the 15.1% alcohol. This will drink well for 50+ years. A blockbuster the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion is a candidate for wine of the vintage. However will this style be for everybody?
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2010

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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.