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2014 Château La Mission Haut Brion, 1.5ltr

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RATINGS

96James Suckling

The typicity of La Mission is really here. Aromas of iodine, oyster shell, currants and orange peel are evident. Full-bodied, tight and tannic with a muscular and toned texture... waiting to release its joy and true nature. Fine-grained.

95The Wine Advocate

...exquisite bouquet with pure black fruit, cold stone, a touch of black olive & later a suggestion of boysenberry preserve... structured & considering that a majority is Merlot, quite masculine... lovely spiciness & impressive persistence.

95+ Vinous / IWC

...powerful & authoritative... A dark, beguiling wine, serious richness and concentration. Savory herbs, tobacco, menthol, licorice & a host of dark fruit infuse this deep, intense La Mission... exceptional balance... a very strong showing.

94Wine Spectator

Fleshy and very compact, with layers of dark fig, black currant paste and blackberry reduction still sorting themselves out. Sports a serious spine of tar while a well-roasted apple wood element forms the backdrop on the dense finish. The range and density set this apart. Should be rather long-lived for the vintage.

17+ Jancis Robinson

Deep and really quite rich at first though then the acidity starts to come through on the end. This may be quite a severe La Mission. Dry finish and only medium bodied.

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.