Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2019
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Appellation - Pessac Leognan
Owner - Dilon family
48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc
Second wines – La Clarté Haut Brion, Ch La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion
Annual production – 95,000 bottles
"The 2019 La Mission Haut-Brion is composed of 53% Merlot, 39.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.5% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 11th of September to the 2nd of October. The estimated label alcohol degree is 14.5%. Very deep purple-black in color, it slowly unfurls in the glass to reveal a beguiling perfume of violets, Black Forest cake, wild blueberries and kirsch with nuances of star anise, cast-iron pan, pencil lead and crushed rocks plus a waft of wild sage. The full-bodied palate is densely laden with layers of black fruit, earth and floral-laced flavors, framed by exquisitely ripe, finely grained tannins and compelling freshness, finishing with great length and loads of mineral sparks. A wine of impeccable breeding, both decadently flamboyant and provocatively graceful, this is already a prodigious wine of indisputable beauty."
Score: 98/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Flash), June 2020
"A tight and structured La Mission that takes you deep into the glass with super intensity and power. The tannins are omnipresent and envelop the palate. It’s full-bodied yet agile and complete. Iodine, sweet-tobacco and blackberry character. It seems never to finish. Another WOW wine that reminds me of some of the great classics of this estate, such as the 1955."
Score: 99/100 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020