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2008 Château La Mission Haut Brion

2-bottle Lot

Light capsule condition issue

ITEM 8466536 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector

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2008 Château La Mission Haut Brion

Light capsule condition issue

RATINGS

96+ Vinous / IWC

...has an open, feisty, lively bouquet with blackberry, briary, cedar, black olive and a light seaweed (Japanese nori) aroma...wonderful, an intoxicating bouquet...palate is beautifully balanced with a fine bead of acidity, very focused with good weight and structure...so fresh and complex, offering a discrete tertiary, smoke-tinged finish that goes on and on.

95Robert M. Parker Jr.

...aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, licorice, truffles, underbrush and forest floor. The scorched earthy/smoky character of this estate’s terroir has not yet emerged. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated with good acidity...

95Wine Enthusiast

Dark and concentrated...a powerhouse of flavors and dense tannins...wonderful combination of velvet texture and dry structure. Layered, complex, wood and spice...

95Jeb Dunnuck

A beautiful, high-class effort that offers incredible pleasure... Ripe black cherries, sweet currants, cigar tobacco, and exotic spices all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort that has beautiful concentration, sweet tannins, and again, a pleasure-bent, even sexy character that’s a joy to drink.

93James Suckling

Fascinating aromas of crushed berry, plums, sweet tobacco and stones. Full bodied, with chewy and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is very structured and rich with a bright and tangy acidity.

90Wine Spectator

Tangy and lightly firm, with cherry pit, pomegranate and blackberry notes, followed by sage and tobacco. There’s nice focus, with a tarry hint for added length on the finish.

17+ Jancis Robinson

Heady green, sappy aromas. Blackcurrant fruit and spice too...palate gives way to more primary fruit... Plenty of tannin to go the distance too.

PRODUCER

Château La Mission Haut Brion

Château La Mission Haut-Brion, a Classified Red Wine of Graves, has one of the most intriguing histories in Bordeaux. Wine was produced on the estate, located in Talence, in the early 16th century by the de Roustaing family. In 1682 the estate was bequeathed to an order of Catholic friars who not only built an architecturally significant chapel, which is today part of the estate, but who became excellent viticulturalists. In the early 19th century the estate was bought by a native of New Orleans of French descent who wanted to retire in Bordeaux. By the early 20th century the estate’s wines were considered so fine that they sold for more than the wines Châteaux Margaux and Latour. The estate continued to be well-managed, and after several changes in ownership it now belongs to the Dillon family, which also owns Château Haut-Brion. La Mission owns 51.6 acres of vineyards planted to 45% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

Pessac-Léognan was created in 1987 from the northern part of the left bank Graves appellation. Before then it was simply part of Graves, or sometimes it was called Haut-Graves. Unlike many other Bordeaux appellations, Pessac-Léognan is known for both red and dry white wines, although its reds are more famous. The appellation includes ten communes and the area’s most important châteaux, including Château Haut-Brion, the only non-Médoc estate included in the 1855 Bordeaux classification. There are 2,964 acres of vineyards in Pessac-Léognan and 16 classified growth estates. The main red grapes grown are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, along with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. White grapes grown are Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with a little Muscadelle. Pessac-Léognan is considered to have the best terroir of the greater Graves region.