Ch. La Mission Haut-Brion, Cru Classe de Graves, Pessac-Leognan, 2005
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Single bottle of Red wine Ch. La Mission Haut-Brion, Cru Classe de Graves, Pessac-Leognan, 2005 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon & 1% Cabernet Franc

Ch. La Mission Haut-Brion
Cru Classe de Graves

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The producer

For years Ch La Mission Haut-Brion vied with Ch Haut-Brion as to which was best from vintage to vintage. La Mission was often more floral and elegant, but both shared the rich, ripe fruit aromatics of the very best Pessac-Leognans. In 1983, as if to resolve the dispute, Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A. (owner of Ch Haut-Brion) acquired La Mission Haut-Brion as well. Both wines are at the pinnacle of what the appellation can produce.

La Mission Haut-Brion is situated just across the road from Haut-Brion in the commune of Talence. 27 hectares of vineyards are planted to 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and around 10% Cabernet Franc. There are also 3.7 hectares reserved for white grape varieties, for the production of La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. Less than 1,000 cases are made per year.

The red La Mission Haut-Brion, which is a Cru Classe de Graves, ages for an average of 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels and has the potential to age for decades. The annual production averages between 6,000 and 7,000 cases.

The wine

La Mission Haut Brion is generally considered as the one other Graves estate (Haut Brion being the first) to be of 1855 classification first growth quality. It is revered amongst wine afficionados and critics globally; Neil Martin once referred to the wine as “a religious experience”.

Most of the fruit for the Grand Vin is sourced from vineyard plots in the commune of Talence and the blend is usually even between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and complemented by Cabernet Franc. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and is followed by blending and then ageing in 100% new French oak for 22 months.

A wine of dense texture, full body, and layers of intense black fruits and serious tannins, La Mission is often thought to have more floral aromatics and overall elegance than sister estate Haut-Brion. Patience is rewarded, and La Mission generally shouldn’t be opened until it has reached a minimum of 10 years of age.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2005
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub region: Pessac-Leognan
Grape: 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon & 1% Cabernet Franc
Style: Savory and Classic
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 14.5%
Drinking window: 2014 - 2062
Size: 750ml
Food match: Beef and Venison

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