98 Points, Wine Spectator
93 Points, Wine Advocate
A huge, powerful, Port-like wine. So thick you can cut it with a fork. Black-red colored; lemon, lime, ripe raisin, vanilla and coffee aromas; full-bodied, with massive, thick fruit, plenty of tannins and a super-long finish. Drink now, but age for decades.--La Mission-Haut-Brion vertical. -WS
Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Red Blend
La Mission Haut Brion produces a Bordeaux wine of intensity, richness, opulence and charm. The wine is full-bodied and concentrated. The perfume offers smoke, tobacco, earth, truffle, spice and cassis scents. It's known to be bigger and a bit more more tannic than Haut Brion. The wines are known for their aging potential and esteemed winemaking.
A note on the cellar, from invino Director of Sourcing, Paul Manchester:
Romanée Conti, Latour, Mouton, Cheval Blanc, Margaux, La Mission Haut Brion and more, from vintages as far back as 1952. It was a pretty amazing list! They’d kept the wines stored in a temperature controlled setting, at 52 degrees, for all of these years. They cared so much about the wines, they hand carried them all the way from Southern California themselves to bring them to us. These are wines that have been given all of the TLC that is humanly possible. And we are proud to be able to offer them to you. The Wolfords felt that they wanted to share these great wines with other members who’d love them as much as they have. We hope that you will enjoy this incredible opportunity to savor some of the most famous names and vintages in the world of wine.
•We have absolute confidence in the condition of this cellar, but I must add the usual caveat emptor for vintage wines, with absolutely no refunds.
Tasting notes are not available for this wine.
THIS WINE HAS A GREAT FILL LEVEL: TOP SHOULDER (TS)
Top shoulder fill. A fill just below base neck. A standard fill for wines over 10 years of age. For wines over 25 years of age, indicates excellent storage conditions.
The vineyards of La Mission Haut-Brion occupy a gravel croupe over chalk in the most northerly part of the Graves commune, across the road from the vines of Haut-Brion, and surrounded by the suburban streets of Bordeaux. There are nearly 21 hectares of vines overseen by vineyard manager Pascal Baratié. They are divided between Talance and Pessac, although most are in the former, with just a handful in the latter. The area under vine has expanded considerably in recent years; an early but notable addition was the acquisition of 2 hectares of Laville Haut-Brion vineyards in 1990, although today this seems insignificant when we remember that both Laville Haut-Brion - what remained after that 1990 acquisition - and La Tour Haut-Brion have since been absorbed into La Mission Haut-Brion.