2021 - Ch La Mission Haut Brion Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2050
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2021 CH LA MISSION HAUT BRION GRAND CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2050
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £1,350.00
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2022,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2021 La Mission Haut-Brion is blessed with an ethereal bouquet, subtle touches of wilted iris petal and truffle infuse the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins, perfectly judged acidity, quite compact on the mid-palate with linear and correct finish. Not the most charming La Mission Haut-Brion. You could argue that it is slightly "aloof", yet intuition tells me it has something up its sleeve for later on. Patience necessary. Drink 2027 - 2060

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 94-96

    Unwinding in the glass with aromas of dark berries and plums mingled with loamy soil, sweet spices, cigar box and licorice, the 2021 La Mission Haut-Brion is full-bodied, lively and seamless, with a deep, concentrated core of fruit framed by bright acids and supple, powdery tannins. This charming, sensual rendition of La Mission is a blend of 48% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, attaining 13.4% alcohol.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2021 La Mission Haut-Brion offers lovely aromatic presence and fine balance, albeit in the smaller-scaled style of the year. Dried herbs, mint, sweet red cherry, incense and blood orange all run through the 2021. This is a decidedly understated edition of La Mission. It will be interesting to see if elevage adds body. Drink 2031-2046

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2022,
    Score: 97-98

    Almost equal proportions of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this has a wonderful perfume of violets, lavender, morello cherry and freshly fallen autumn leaves. It starts gracefully in the palate, with excellent composure: the tannins, whilst intense and chalky in nature, are rounded and sit in unison with the sweet broad fruit flavours. A little more reserved and less showy than some years, but wonderfully harmonious. There is so much potential here. This bears the hallmarks of a great wine in the making.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
    Score: 93-95

    Surprisingly deep in color, it takes a bit of effort before finding the cigar box, tobacco, smoke, forest leaf, currants, blackberries and plums in the nose. On the palate, there is a richness and sweetness to the fruit. But this is not an exuberant vintage. It is reserved, slightly austere, quiet and discreet. There is finesse to the tannins and flesh to the fruits, but the wine is restrained, building in the mid-palate with air, finishing with chewy currants, leafy, fresh, green herbs, thyme and dark chocolate. The wine blends 48% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, 13.4% ABV. Harvesting took place, September 20 - October 8. Yields were 48 hectoliters per hectare, with 40% of the harvest going into the grand Vin. Drink from 2026-2055.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
    Score: 18+

    There is a big difference between La Chapelle and the Grand Vin as this wine is much more concentrated and more tannic and reticent. The tannins come in early, cloaking the fruit and making this elegant wine more combative and action-packed. The fruit character is superb, and the length is extraordinary given the relative lightness of the overall framework. The fruit is mildly exotic in parts over a plummy core, but the skin elements keep the taste buds buzzing with energy, which surely points to a long and even life ahead of it. While many wines in 2021 seem to want to kick off early, La Mission will take its time to blossom.

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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.