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  • Country ranking ?

    399
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Beef bourguignonne

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 2005

2005 Château La Mission Haut-Brion’s tasting notes :The colour of La Mission Haut-Brion is very dark. One can surmise by its depth that the wine is extremely dense. The nose has great precision.
We find there the aromas of red fruit, earth, smoke, and liquorish. With the evidence of this complexity in the mouth one notes the first impression which is the surprising contrast between the concentration of the wine and its smoothness.
It possesses an enveloping body, the tannins seeming almost creamy. The wine expands taking a greater dimension on the palate while seeming never ending.
The equilibrium of this wine is a great trait of La Mission Haut-Brion 2005 where the intensity of the tannins is counterbalanced by an extraordinary freshness. This is one of the great vintages of Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion.

Weather conditions
Sum of temperatures : 3492 °C
Rain : 229 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 32
Harvest : from 24/08/2005 to 26/09/2005

Current vintage notes
2005 will remain in our memories as a historically dry year. This characteristic
showed up already in winter when an important deficit of humidity was noted. In spite of a wet month in April, rain remained scarce right up to the vendanges. All year long the temperatures stayed on the high side. 2005 had climatic conditions very similar to the legendary vintage of 1949. Because of these elements the vines were able to produce small grapes of an extraordinary concentration, actually never before achieved, that would be harvested in a perfect condition.
The vendanges started on August 24th for the whites and on August 31st for the reds, placing the vintage alongside other years with unduly early harvests.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex

Written Notes

A youthful, however, extraordinarily harmonious wine. Aromas are packed with berries, truffle, cassis and tobacco pleasures. 99 pts

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Tasted three times - last time in September 2015. Consistent notes. La Mission shined as usual with its silky structure, breathtaking composition, enormous richness, finesse and perfect balance between fruit and tannin, both perfectly ripe. Sensational wine! A legend in winemaking and one to keep for several decades. In September 2015, this wine had chosen to show its tannic "face", but did also show exquisite complexity, depth and sophisticated touch. In deep sleep.
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Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Inside Information

“There are slightly more than 5,000 cases of the 2005 La Mission-Haut-Brion, a blend of 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a touch of Cabernet Franc. While there is little difference between La Mission and Haut-Brion’s terroirs (their vineyards are only separated by a two-lane road), La Mission possesses more fat, texture, and intensity. An enormously endowed wine with huge tannin and structure, the 2005 offers a quintessential Graves bouquet of burning embers, charcoal, blackberries, truffles, black currants, and a meaty character. Reminiscent of the 1989, with more structure as well as a longer window of drinkability, the 2005 may be a modern day, improved version of a vintage such as 1955, which was well-endowed, very tannic, and took a long time to come around. While fabulously full-bodied and unctuous, the 2005 will not provide much charm in its youth. It needs 8-10 years of cellaring, and should age effortlessly for 30-40 years.” -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (97 Points)

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 Igor Sill, Wine Maker (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 2005  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

A youthful, however, extraordinarily harmonious wine. Aromas are packed with berries, truffle, cassis and tobacco pleasures. 99 pts

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 2005  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Tasted three times - last time in September 2015. Consistent notes. La Mission shined as usual with its silky structure, breathtaking composition, enormous richness, finesse and perfect balance between fruit and tannin, both perfectly ripe. Sensational wine! A legend in winemaking and one to keep for several decades. In September 2015, this wine had chosen to show its tannic "face", but did also show exquisite complexity, depth and sophisticated touch. In deep sleep."

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