2004 - Ch La Mission Haut Brion Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
06A4MISS _ 2004 - Ch La Mission Haut Brion Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2013 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl

2004 CH LA MISSION HAUT BRION CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2013 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2005,
    Score: -

    Under the Duchesse de Mouchy and her son Prince Robert of Luxembourg, La Mission has regularly made wines that rival its illustrious stable mate, Haut Brion. Quality is always comparable and therefore La Mission tends to look like good value. This 2004 is excellent. 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc this is a silky but serious wine with masses of bittersweet dark fruit. Discreet but complex, it will give enormous pleasure over many years. Drink 2013-2028

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2007,
    Score: 90

    While La Mission Haut-Brion's 2004 is not one of this estate's top successes, it is an outstandingwine, no doubt because of this extraordinary terroir. Deep ruby/purple with notes of lead pencil shavings intermixed with black cherries, cassis, and a hint of scorched earth, medium body, sweet tannin, and a good, but uninspiring finish, this attractive, mid-weight La Mission should age nicely for 15 or more years. Drink 2007-2022

  • RP

    Robert Parker, June 2006,
    Score: 91-93

    This is the first vintage under the full control of Jean-Philippe Delmas, who succeeded his father, Jean-Bernard, who produced all the La Missions between 1983 and 2003 (Jean-Bernard succeeded his father, who produced every vintage of Haut-Brion in the twenties, thirties, forties, and fifties). A blend of 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2004 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as a big nose of damp earth, cedar, smoke, tobacco, black currants, and cherries. There is excellent sweetness, medium to full body, serious muscle, elegance, and finesse in this fine La Mission. It should be at its best between 2008 and 2020+. The deep ruby/purple color of the 2004 La Mission Haut-Brion is accompanied by meaty scents interwoven with hints of wet gravel, smoke, black raspberries, and cassis. This elegant, streamlined effort possesses crisp acidity and medium body. It should be approachable in 2-4 years, and last for 12-15. Drink 2008-2021

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2005,
    Score: 17.5

    Deep with purple notes. Muted on the nose. Then very sumptuous on the palate. Mouthfilling fruit with very fine tannins on the finish. Like Ch La Tour Haut-Brion, discreet and low key. Fine. Acidity not especially high. Low key black fruits. Neat rather than long. Drink 2015-2027

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Producer

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Owned by the Dillon family since 1983, La Mission Haut Brion is without doubt one of the mostexceptional wines of Bordeaux. Across the road from Haut Brion, it regularly competes with its moreillustrious older sibling and has even outperformed Haut Brion in certain vintages, such as 2006 when Wine Spectator suggests that it "could be the wine of the vintage".

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.