La Mission Vintages:
2003 has sweet fruit but ages at an alarming rate like almost all 2003s.
2001 is a very good wine from an underrated vintage.
2000 is a giant of a wine. Great concentration and soft tannins. Needs time.
1999 is a charming wine that should be drunk soon.
1998 is still quite tannic but with good fruit.
1997 is quite disappointing with green unripe tannins.
1996 and 1995 are still tannic but will surely become classic Missions with age.
1991 to 1994 are very good examples from these difficult vintages showing how well La Mission does when the conditions are far from ideal. All drinking very well now.
1990 has good silky fruit and soft tannins. Already lovely, but with a great future.
1989 was marked by a very hot, dry summer and the earliest harvest since 1893. Very concentrated roasted fruit and a spectacular wine. Needs a few more years.
The 1988 is very good with ripe and sweet fruit supporting the tannic structure.
The 1987 is fairly good for the vintage.
The 1986 has great concentration of fruit but is also very tannic still. The question here is if the tannins won’t outlast the fruit.
1985 La Mission shows more elegance and balance and is lovely now.
We have always thought that the 1983 La Mission is one of the best wines of this underrated vintage and it is perfect now.
The magnificent 1982 has understandably never been underrated, it is a glorious wine now starting to reach maturity. This should drink well for at least another 30 years.
The 1981 and 1979 are still drinking very well.
La Mission made one of the very few wines in 1978 that still has some future left and is for me the wine of the vintage.
1976 needs drinking up, but is still good for the vintage.
The 1975 is getting to become a legend. Enormously concentrated and powerful with none of the hard tannins so typical of his vintage. Fantastic wine but not really typical in style of a Graves.
The 1974 is the best wine of this vintage and one of the few that still gives pleasure.
1973 is a sweet and delicate wine.
The 1971 and 1970 are both very elegant and stylish wines now fully mature.
To smell the 1966 is like stepping in to a viennese coffehouse and is absolutely lovely now as is the fabulous 1964 (1964 was a much better vintage in Graves than for most parts of Médoc). The 1962 is also very good.
The 1961 is a monumental wine with great concentration of fruit and this will drink well forever.
The 1959 is one of the favourite vintage from La Mission and it has been giving pleasure for a long time and will continue to do so for some time to come. A perfect wine!
Two wines from "minor" vintages that show amazing class and youth are the 1958 and 1950 La Missions.
Beautiful wines were made in 1952, 1953 and 1955 and they are still giving great joy if stored well.
The price for the greatest wine during the 1940s will be fought out between the lovely 1949 and the majestic 1945, we tend to cast our vote for the near perfect 1949.. Also great are the 1947 and the 1948 which are still showing great fruit and style.
The 1934 La Mission is a beautiful wine as is the 1935.
The 1928 La Mission has been showing itself to be a great wine on several occasions.
199, 1896 and 1895 are both delicate wines that still can give pleasure, in particular the 1896