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1998 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Graves, Pessac-Léognan, cru classé

Ex-château; earliest anticipated arrival is three months from time of payment. help

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$2,760.00 per 6 Bottles (750ml) (owc)


4 groups




"A candidate for the wine of the vintage from this somewhat forgotten year, consumers should be seeking out wines from the Right Bank and Graves as 1998 was a great vintage in those appellations. La Mission's 1998 exhibits a healthy, opaque blue/purple color with no lightening at the edge. Thirty minutes of aeration brings forth a sensational bouquet of chocolate, cedar, truffles, graphite, blackberries, cassis and incense. La Mission's so-called scorched earth/charcoal/hot rocks characteristic has not yet appeared. Full-bodied with superb purity, a multilayered texture, sweet tannin, good acidity and a fabulously long finish, this great, young La Mission-Haut-Brion's finest days are yet to come. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #202
(WA, 08/01/2012)

Rating: 98
Drink from: 2018-2040

"A tight and muscular young wine. Very floral on the nose, with gorgeous berry and cherry. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, fresh and fruity finish. Very fine and harmonious. Best after 2008. 6,500 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 01/31/2001)

Rating: 95
Drink from: 2008

"Good red-ruby. Superripe, expressive nose of plum, redcurrant, roasted stones and spices. Big, rich, plummy and deep; boasts compelling mouthfilling sweetness. Plenty of spine beneath the flesh. Finishes very long and gripping, with sweet tannins for the year." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com
(AG, 05/01/2001)

Rating: 92

"Initially far more closed on the nose than the 2000, the aromas unfurled with aeration to show solid plum and blackcurrant fruit, backed by new oak and a touch of mint, and even a slight herbal character. The texture is sleek, but the tannins are overt. Less full-bodied than the 2000, this has fine acidity and persistence; it may be a touch lean, but it's very elegant--a Graves classic that should keep extremely well. Give it time." Stephen Brook, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 12
(WFW, 01/01/2006)

Rating: 18

"Bright crimson. Very sweet and opulent on the nose - broad and round. Truly magnificent bouquet already although the palate is a bit austere. Tannins quite pronounced and dry fruit. Difficult to mark this wine - just smell it for the moment! Neat, well balanced on the finish. Just needs a little time for those tannins to soften..." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 06/23/2008)

Rating: 17
Drink from: 2011-2024

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