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2016 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Graves, Pessac-Léognan, cru classé
(OWC)

This is a Bordeaux future; earliest anticipated arrival is Fall 2019. help
 
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PRICE:
$3,554.00 per Imperial (6L)

SIZE:
6L imp

AVAILABLE:
1 Imperial (6L)

 

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TASTING NOTES

"The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. "We had to be patient and wait for each plot," Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. "It took longer than usual." As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the "gaff over the road" Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation. I thought that the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion flirted with perfection. The 2016 has that extra edge, a "je ne sais quoi" that leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230
(WA, 04/28/2017)

Rating: 98-100
Drink from: 2026-2070


"As early as its birth, one perceives the smoky aromas, so typical of Pessac. One can only admire the roundness and tenderness that make this wine more accessible than Haut-Brion, but with a less monumental tannic structure." Michel Bettane/Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 56
(WFW, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 96-97


"The texture to this is very beautiful with chewy yet very polished tannins. Full-bodied, tight and mouth-filling. Starts very slowly and then takes off. Love the energy in this." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 04/04/2017)

Rating: 96-97


"The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion is a total knockout. Vertical and powerful, but not at all austere, it exudes class. Fine-grained tannins support the fruit, but they are barely felt, as the wine's balance is so extraordinary. Lifted floral notes and a host of red fruits give the 2016 energy and verve. I can't wait to see how it ages." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
(AG, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 94-97


"Glowing deep crimson. Very intense and ripe. Snazzy and spicy. Polished and racy. Very firm and lots of ripe tannins – very much à La Mission. Super-sophisticated. Inky and fresh and so ripe and confident. A dry style but great. Racy but tannic." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/21/2017)

Rating: 18.5++


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