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  • Country ranking ?

    86
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Ricotta and Veal Stuffed Tomatoes

The Story

La Mission-Haut-Brion's vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Merlot 45%, Cabernet Franc 7%) lie on a large (up to 18 metres deep in places) gravel bank interspersed with clay. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and then matured in oak barriques (100% new) for 18 months. The wines of La Mission Haut Brion are rich, oaky and powerful and need at least 10 years of bottle ageing before they should be broached.

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Vintage 1949

Most probably one of the best Mission wines. The wine explodes in the glass then in the mouth, showing first a complex nose then the mouth follows. A pleasant wine of considerable breed, aromatic, full of fineness, showing a heavy truffled and gamy touch on the palate. A very good bottle now but can age for a few more years

Weather conditions
Sum of temperatures : 3458 °C
Rain : 286 mm

Current vintage notes
A dry year, but above all very hot. A very great vintage, difficult to make because
of the heat. Some wines suffered because of it, but on the whole it is a year of great quality.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Cherry Red and Dark

ending

Long and Round

flavors

Mushrooms, Spice, Smoky and Meaty

nose

Intense, Complex and Charming

taste

Balanced, Multi-dimensional, Well-structured, Full-bodied, Vigor, Refined and Medium-Sweet

Verdict

Exotic and Well-rounded

Written Notes

This wine had fabulous and catching aroma of truffles and dark cherries. Even if palate wasn't as stunning as nose, this wine was extremely well-composed, in fine balance and fresh. Almost a perfect wine, which will keep 4-6 years more.
  • 97p
Roasted herbs, smoky black currant, some meatiness on the nose, nuts and sweet earth. This is a spellbinding wine, with soy, spices, and liqueur notes almost, sweet and yet suave on the opening. There is a layered sensuality here, a Graves quintessential poise with a ’49 depth and richness, the grip and delineation and the stupendous reverberating finish are just amazing, alive with notes of chocolate and blackcurrant. This wine is a majestic testament to nuanced intensity. A wine of great concentration and silky finesse throughout, with enough stuffing to catch you delightfully by surprise, repeatedly. 99 Points
  • 99p
Still quite deep colour. Soft sweet fruit – a joy to drink. Perfect now but should drink well for the next 10 years or so. Decant shortly before drinking.
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

2h

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1949  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"This wine had fabulous and catching aroma of truffles and dark cherries. Even if palate wasn't as stunning as nose, this wine was extremely well-composed, in fine balance and fresh. Almost a perfect wine, which will keep 4-6 years more."

1y 1m ago

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1949  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Roasted herbs, smoky black currant, some meatiness on the nose, nuts and sweet earth. This is a spellbinding wine, with soy, spices, and liqueur notes almost, sweet and yet suave on the opening. There is a layered sensuality here, a Graves quintessential poise with a ’49 depth and richness, the grip and delineation and the stupendous reverberating finish are just amazing, alive with notes of chocolate and blackcurrant. This wine is a majestic testament to nuanced intensity. A wine of great concentration and silky finesse throughout, with enough stuffing to catch you delightfully by surprise, repeatedly. 99 Points"

1y 11m ago

97p
 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1949  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Still quite deep colour. Soft sweet fruit – a joy to drink. Perfect now but should drink well for the next 10 years or so. Decant shortly before drinking."

2y 14d ago

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1949  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Hyvin syvä tumma ruskeaan taittava väri. savupossu avotulella, Vahva, lihaisa, runsas, tosi, intensiivine. Terva. Tupakka. Intensiivinen, lakritsi. Super vahva. "

3y 6m ago

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