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.
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
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.