La Mission Haut Brion

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La Mission Haut-Brion: The Importance

Located in the Bordeaux appellation of Pessac-Léognan, La Mission Haut-Brion has been producing exceptional quality wine for many centuries, often rivalling its first growth neighbour Château Haut-Brion in both quality and desirability.

 

La Mission Haut Brion is sometimes overlooked, as it was not included in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. However it is a firm favourite of those in the know, commanding similar prices to its first-growth neighbour and earning much critical praise. Jancis Robinson calls it “the quintessential insider's wine…”, while Robert Parker describes this estate as “certainly a wine of first-growth quality, brilliantly made and extremely long-lived,” adding that “I have more bottles of La Mission-Haut-Brion in my private collection than any other wine in the world… La Mission has long been one of the greatest wines one could ever possibly drink as well as one of the most remarkably consistent.”

 

Parker’s stance is shared by fine wine exchange Liv-Ex, who rated La Mission Haut Brion as a First Growth in their updated ranking of Bordeaux wines in 2009.

 

Much like Château Latour, La Mission Haut-Brion has long been celebrated for its ability to create the highest quality of wine in the most disappointing of vintages. During one tasting which included some particularly tricky vintages, Jancis Robinson remarked that some of the most dismal vintages of La Mission performed far better than most other Bordeaux wines produced in those vintages.

 

La Mission Haut Brion: The Insight

La Mission Haut-Brion is consistently extremely highly rated by critics, and many vintages have received a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker. Some of the best more recent vintages have been 1982, 1989, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015. Writing about the perfectly rated 2009 vintage, Parker  writes that, “perhaps the two most singular aspects of this wine are its surreal aromatics and its ability to combine power with sublime complexity and harmony.”

 

While the château of La Mission is directly across the road from Haut-Brion, the vineyards of the two estates are further apart, and while most of the vines of Haut-Brion are in Pessac, the majority of the vines for La Mission are in Talence, and the difference in terroir and vine density between the two explains the difference in style between those two wines.

 

A white wine called La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc is produced at the estate and considered one of the best dry white wines in Bordeaux. Until the 2009 vintage the wine was known as Laville-Haut-Brion. This wine often rivals the exceptional white wine produced at Haut-Brion, and in youth displays the aromatics found in Gewürztraminers which then develops to deep nuttiness and richness found in the greatest sweet Bordeaux wines. La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc also has a second wine called La Clarté de Haut-Brion, which is shared with Château Haut-Brion and serves as the second wine for their white wine and is thus a blend of grapes from both estates.

 

La Mission Haut-Brion also produces a second wine called La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion. This wine is more approachable in youth, although it remains of exceptional quality, concentration and depth. Robert Parker says of this wine that those “looking for excellent value should seek out the limited production second wine of La Mission Haut-Brion, La Chapelle. It can be very fine and certainly ranks as one of the best second wines in all of Bordeaux.” The vineyard at La Mission Haut-Brion is planted to largely equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with approximately 7% Cabernet Franc. 3.5 hectares of vines at La Mission are reserved for white grape varieties, and this land is planted to approximately 62% Semillon and 38% Sauvignon Blanc.

 

La Mission Haut Brion: The Background

The history of this estate goes back to the 16th century when the brother in law of the founder of Château Haut-Brion, Jean de Pontac, Arnaut de Lestonnac started producing wine at La Mission. It was bequeathed by the Lestonnac family to the Congregation of the Mission, giving the name of the estate as it is now known. Throughout the 18th century the Pères Lazaristes, worked at the property in order to restore it and during this time, the property became well known partly through the patronage of the Maréchal de Richelieu, the Archbishop of Bordeaux, who is claimed to have said of the wine produced at La Mission Haut Brion, “If God forbade drinking, would he have made this wine so good?” In 1815, the estate was purchased by the Chiapella family, who had been involved in Bordeaux for some time and had managed Château Cos D’Estournel.

 

In 1919, the property was acquired by the Woltner family, a sale which most people consider as marking a change in winemaking at the property, with wine produced becoming much more concentrated and long-lived than before. In 1983 the property was sold to the Dillon family who owned Château Haut-Brion, and these two great estates are now both run by the same team. A huge amount was invested into the property, with a replanting programme in the vineyards and the château and winemaking facilities being modernised. Modernisation and renovation have been carried out continuously, with the latest works being completed in 2007, and more work no doubt to be carried out in the future. Both La Mission Haut-Brion and Chateau Haut-Brion are currently managed by Jean-Philippe Delmas, who was the third generation of his family to manage Haut-Brion and the second to manage at La Mission.

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2016 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

97.0

2016 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

97.0
£3,992.00
£1,995.00
£1,995.00

2015 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.5

2015 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.5
£3,492.00
DP £3,443.00
£1,745.00

2014 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

95.13

2014 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

95.13
£1,715.00
£1,715.00
NEW
£860.00
£1,715.00
£287.00

2013 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

88.5

2013 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

88.5
£1,278.00
£109.00

2012 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.5

2012 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.5
£1,832.00
£1,832.00
£155.00

2008 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.75

2008 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.75
£1,676.00
DP £1,676.00

2007 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

92.67

2007 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

92.67
£1,446.00
£1,446.00
£123.00

2006 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

94.5

2006 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

94.5
£1,752.00
£2,921.00

2005 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

98.5

2005 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

98.5
£4,789.00
£399.00

2003 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.5

2003 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.5
£1,797.00
£1,797.00

2002 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

90.0

2002 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

90.0
£1,473.00
£1,473.00
£1,510.00
£247.00

2001 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.3

2001 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.3
£1,935.00
£969.00

2000 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.5

2000 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.5
£5,090.00
£5,216.00
£513.00

1999 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

90.5

1999 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

90.5
£1,743.00
£1,743.00
£147.00

1998 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

98.0

1998 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

98.0
£3,044.00
£3,044.00
DP £255.00

1997 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

87.0

1997 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

87.0
£1,597.00
£135.00

1996 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

90.0

1996 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

90.0
£1,991.00
£1,991.00
£1,309.00
£168.00
£148.00

1995 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.5

1995 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.5
£2,194.00
£2,194.00
£372.00
£188.00
DP £188.00

1994 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

92.0

1994 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

92.0
£1,904.00
NEW
£1,904.00
NEW
£161.00

1993 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

89.5

1993 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

89.5
£1,477.00
£125.00
DP £125.00

1992 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

86.5

1992 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

86.5
£1,785.00
£1,785.00
£151.00

1991 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

86.0

1991 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

86.0
£1,647.00
£826.00
£139.00

1990 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.0

1990 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.0
£5,767.00
£962.00
£480.00
DP £480.00
£961.00

1989 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

98.0

1989 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

98.0
£12,922.00
£12,922.00
£1,077.00
DP £1,001.00

1988 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

92.0

1988 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

92.0
£2,228.00
£187.00

1987 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

85.5

1987 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

85.5
£1,707.00
£1,707.00
£144.00
DP £144.00

1986 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

94.0

1986 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

94.0
£2,590.00
£2,590.00
£217.00

1985 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

91.0

1985 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

91.0
£3,846.00
£3,846.00
£166.00
£321.00

1984 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1984 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£1,986.00
£167.00

1983 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

91.5

1983 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

91.5
£2,761.00
DP £2,761.00
DP £231.00

1982 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

97.0

1982 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

97.0
£9,282.00
£773.00

1981 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1981 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£2,363.00
£198.00

1980 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1980 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£1,441.00
£122.00

1979 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

89.0

1979 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

89.0
£2,533.00
£212.00

1978 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.0

1978 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

96.0
£5,743.00
DP £478.00

1977 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1977 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£1,518.00
£1,518.00
£254.00

1976 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1976 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£2,112.00
£178.00
£114.00

1975 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

97.0

1975 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

97.0
£8,800.00
£8,633.00
£734.00
£681.00
£949.00
£725.00
£720.00
DP £734.00

1974 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1974 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£2,096.00
£176.00
£208.00
£349.00

1973 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1973 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£2,581.00
£216.00

1972 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1972 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£1,830.00
£154.00

1971 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

84.0

1971 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

84.0
£2,342.00
£2,342.00
£200.00
£176.00
£390.00

1970 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

80.0

1970 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

80.0
£1,405.00
DP £119.00

1969 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1969 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£2,048.00
£172.00

1968 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1968 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£2,279.00
£191.00
£318.00

1967 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1967 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£3,842.00
£320.00

1966 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1966 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£6,677.00
£6,677.00
£556.00
DP £556.00
£1,112.00

1964 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1964 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£6,561.00
£6,561.00
£547.00

1962 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1962 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£3,671.00
£306.00

1961 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

99.0

1961 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

99.0
£32,456.00
£2,713.00
£1,853.00

1960 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1960 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£9,501.00
£791.00

1959 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

100.0

1959 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

100.0
£31,148.00
DP £2,604.00

1955 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

100.0

1955 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

100.0
£17,971.00
£1,496.00

1953 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.0

1953 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

93.0
£7,465.00
£622.00
£1,294.00
£1,449.00
£1,036.00

1950 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

95.0

1950 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

95.0
£15,887.00
£585.00

1948 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1948 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£20,276.00
£1,688.00
£1,497.00

1947 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1947 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£39,056.00
£3,268.00

1945 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

94.0

1945 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

94.0
£19,623.00
£1,634.00

1941 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1941 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£8,324.00
£693.00

1923 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1923 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£11,347.00
£958.00
£1,181.00

1922 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

1922 La Mission Haut Brion Bordeaux

£9,150.00
£762.00

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