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2010 Château La Mission Haut Brion

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RATINGS

100The Wine Advocate

...a commanding, profound nose of baked blackberries, boysenberries and warm cassis plus suggestions of candied violets, red roses, chocolate box, cedar chest and smoked meats with a waft of iron ore. Full-bodied, powerful and hedonic, the palate bursts with expressive black fruits and floral sparks, framed by exquisitely ripe, grainy tannins and beautiful freshness, finishing with epic length. A real head-turner...very impressive...

100James Suckling

Aromas like this don't usually come out until 10 years or so in the bottle. Classic nose for this estate. Full-bodied, with an amazing palate of firm yet polished tannins and a solid palate. So dense and gorgeous. It is really stunning.

98Vinous / IWC

...very flattering bouquet with detailed red and black fruit laced with chestnut, cedar and sous-bois...supremely well focused...medium-bodied with fine grain tannins. There is immense depth here, more savoury than expected with chestnut once again, white pepper and a tinge of dried blood towards the finish. Outstanding.

97Wine Spectator

The long, bramble-edged finish sports showy ganache and Lapsang souchong tea notes, while the structure refuses to yield until everything has finally played out. Muscular and vivacious.

97Wine Enthusiast

A beautifully dense, ripe wine, its intense acidity balanced by an opulent structure and gorgeous fruits...texture is smooth and velvety, while never losing sight of the powerful structure...elegant and powerful...

18+ Jancis Robinson

Subtle, dark and crushed-rocks aroma. Smells and tastes so elegant. Super-fine tannins and lovely architecture. Juicy, fresh... Great elegance and length.

83-92+ John Gilman

...nose is very, very deep, very ripe and amazingly, also quite compelling, as it offers up scents of black cherries, sweet cassis, bitter chocolate, soil tones, cigar smoke, gravel and a very well-integrated and generous base of new oak...deep, full-bodied, powerful...with a rock solid core of pure fruit...excellent focus and great length and grip on the tensile finish.

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.