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  • Country ranking ?

    425
  • Producer ranking ?

    15
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Mature cheddar cheese

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 2000

Weather conditions 2000

Sum of temperatures : 3431 °C
Rain : 436 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 21
Harvest : from 13/09/2000 to 29/09/2000

Current vintage notes

A mild start to the year, a very wet, hot spring, followed by a dry, scorching
summer: such were the weather features of this year, which has become legendary
both through its date and the quality of wine produced.

Temperature records were broken: 1.5°C above average over the twelve months –
a massive difference. September, hot and dry, followed suit, allowing harvesting
to take place in the best possible conditions.


Château La Mission Haut-Brion

In the 17th century, Madame de Lestonnac bequeathed the domain of La Mission Haut-Brion to the Pères Lazaristes, a congregation founded by Saint-Vincent de Paul. The Good Fathers, all through the 18th century, worked to restore their property to its rightful worth. Father Simon, head of the Bordeaux chapter had a passion for La Mission which, thanks to his efforts, became well-known and sought after. It graced the tables of such eminent personalities as were the Archbishop of Bordeaux and the Maréchal de Richelieu, also Governor of Guyenne. In the 19th century, a family called Chiapella, originally from New Orleans, took over the task of the Lazaristes. The Chiapellas, being ship owners, developed a new and important market for their wine throughout the New World.

Around 1920 Frédéric Woltner and his family became owners of La Mission. The Woltners were impassioned vintners imbued with a desire to continually improve their product. They remained owners for most of the twentieth century and are largely responsible for the eminent position held by La Mission in the eyes of the world today.

On the 2nd of November 1983, Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A., already owner of Château Haut-Brion, bought Château La Mission Haut-Brion from the descendants of the Woltner family.
La Mission Haut-Brion is now one of the jewels of the estates : the Dillon family totally renovated the château and added state-of-the-art winemaking facilities.
Today, a new generation watches over the destiny of the estate. Prince Robert of Luxembourg, together with his mother, the Duchesse de Mouchy, President, oversees the management of the properties belonging to Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A.


Vineyard soil: gravel with a subsoil of clay and sand
Production area: 21 ha
Grape varieties: Merlot 45%, Cabernet Franc 7%, Cabernet Sauvignon 48%
Average age of vines: 27 years
Harvest method: by hand with the sorting out on trailers
Winemaking: computer controlled pumping-overs and thermoregulation according to the temperatures of the must and the marc
Ageing: 18-22 months in 80% new barrels


Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Pessac
France

Tel. + 33 5 5600 2930
Fax + 33 5 5698 7514

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2016 2015 2013 2010 2005
564€ -3.1% 582€ -2.2% 595€ -19.9% 743€ -13.1% 855€ +93.0% 443€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note

color

Medium

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

Written Notes

Tasted on the 9th December 2016. This wine tasted closed, but its all cylinders were fully loaded, just waiting for perfect time to show all the fabulous things. Patience required.

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Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 2000  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

Tasted on the 9th December 2016. This wine tasted closed, but its all cylinders were fully loaded, just waiting for perfect time to show all the fabulous things. Patience required.

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 2000  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Tasted twice times. Consistent notes. Whau! Thick and creamy aroma of blueberries, blackberries and dark cherries on the nose and palate. What a structure and length. This wine caress you so beautifully with silky gloves, so you have sweet dreams for the rest of your life. Balance in this wine is simply extraordinary. A masterpiece and truly a legend in winemaking. 2015-2045."

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