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.
A cold and wet spring. Disastrous weather for the flowering which was staggered over more than a month of cold, rain and wind. Very considerable coulure and a major delay in the coloring of the grapes. lrregular ripeness. A very sunny and warm month of September. A year of average quality.