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1988 Château La Mission Haut Brion

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RATINGS

94Wine Spectator

Iodine aromas, with tobacco, cedar and sea shells, and earth and ripe fruit underneath. Full-bodied, with slightly chewy tannins and a vanilla, berry and cherry aftertaste.

92Vinous / IWC

The palate is medium-bodied with leafy black fruit infused with bay leaf, clove and black tea...there is a sense of effortlessness about this wine that makes you fall in love.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

It reveals good body as well as plenty of tannin, adequate acidity and classic La Mission terroir characteristics of smoke, scorched earth, spice, roasted meats and camphor.

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.