2011 Mission Haut Brion, La Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 1.5L
  • WA 95
  • NM 95
  • JJB
  • JS 93
  • WS 93
  • JR 93
  • VN 91

Reviews for 2011 Mission Haut Brion, La Bordeaux Blend

WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
The small production (4,150 cases) of 2011 La Mission-Haut-Brion displays the nobility and complexity of this great terroir. Burning embers, scorched earth, blueberry, black currant, licorice and spice aromas jump from... The small production (4,150 cases) of 2011 La Mission-Haut-Brion displays the nobility and complexity of this great terroir. Burning embers, scorched earth, blueberry, black currant, licorice and spice aromas jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored wine. With full body (atypical for a 2011), but no hard edges, this opulent, multidimensional, fleshy, rich, stunningly long, well-balanced La Mission is another great achievement in what has been nearly a century of producing remarkable wines from this hallowed vineyard. The long 2011 should be reasonably mature in another 4-6 years, and last for two decades. It will always be a revelation in a vintage that is unlikely to receive a lot of exciting press. The final blend was 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The La Mission is a blend of 33.7% Merlot 11.3% Cabernet Franc and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose takes time to coalesce: very classic with ripe blackberry and briary fruit fine minerality a hint of black olive and... The La Mission is a blend of 33.7% Merlot 11.3% Cabernet Franc and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose takes time to coalesce: very classic with ripe blackberry and briary fruit fine minerality a hint of black olive and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins. This is an edgy La Mission with crisp acidity a silver citric thread dark broody brambly fruit and an almost angular but very fresh focused finish. I like the classicism of the 2011. Excellent.
JJB
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, April 2012
33.7% merlot 11.3% cabernet franc and 55% cabernet sauvignon. The vineyards of this famous neighbor of Haut-Brion are planted on gravel over chalk with an average vine-age of 20 years. Wine is aged in 100% new oak. The... 33.7% merlot 11.3% cabernet franc and 55% cabernet sauvignon. The vineyards of this famous neighbor of Haut-Brion are planted on gravel over chalk with an average vine-age of 20 years. Wine is aged in 100% new oak. The color is an inky purple red. This medium-weight effort has delicate and refreshing blue fruits and a soft texture along with ample minerality clay and wood smoke flavors and fine tannins. Pleasant finish but lacks stuffing at this age. A solid if backwards young La Mission. Enjoy 2016-2028.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2014
A wine with pretty dark-chocolate, berry and currant character. Stones, too. Full body, chewy but polished tannins and a firm finish. Already showing the sea shell and iodine. Needs at least four or five years to soften... A wine with pretty dark-chocolate, berry and currant character. Stones, too. Full body, chewy but polished tannins and a firm finish. Already showing the sea shell and iodine. Needs at least four or five years to soften. Reminds me of the excellent 1978. Try in 2019.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2014
This sports a pleasantly grippy edge of briar and cassis bush notes, with a densely layered core of dark fig, blackberry and black currant fruit that should move to the fore soon enough. The long, mesquite-tinged finish... This sports a pleasantly grippy edge of briar and cassis bush notes, with a densely layered core of dark fig, blackberry and black currant fruit that should move to the fore soon enough. The long, mesquite-tinged finish has solid grip. Best from 2016 through 2030. – JM
JR 93
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, January 2015
18/20 Sweet, dark and spicy. Smells rich and robust and quite oaky. Lovely dark power with firm but refined structure. Dense and unyielding at the moment but a glorious dark promise. (JH)
VN 91
Vinous - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, July 2014
91+ Good full ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, strawberry, Asian spices and minerals. Youthfully tight and dry, but already shows noteworthy focus and lift to the youthfully medicinal cherry and floral flavors. This... 91+ Good full ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, strawberry, Asian spices and minerals. Youthfully tight and dry, but already shows noteworthy focus and lift to the youthfully medicinal cherry and floral flavors. This could use a little more generosity on the long finish, but it's an outstanding wine of noteworthy purity. -- Ian D'Agata