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  • Country ranking ?

    48
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables

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The Story

La Mission Haut Brion is situated in Bordeaux' southern suburb, Talence. From 1919 and until 1983, it was Woltner family, who had owned this property. Under Woltner's reign, La Mission Haut Brion experienced one of its greatest period with string of fine vintages and was considered then as fully on the level with First Growths and sometimes even better than these. In 1983, owners of Haut Brion purchased La Mission Haut Brion and today its Jean Philippe Delmas, who's responsible for this property.

 

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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Wine Information

Created by the noble Lestonnac family in the early years of the sixteenth century, the vineyard of La Mission Haut-Brion owes its name and its reputation to the Prêcheurs de la Mission, the Bordeaux branch of the Congrégation de la Mission de Sainte-Lazare, who held the property from 1682 until the French Revolution. The estate was first time awarded with the Gold Medal at the 1862 International Exhibition in London.

The signature of the estate wines are complex flavours of mixture of red fruits, cigar. dark chocolate, roasting and cedar wood. On palate, wine shows always fine and silky tannins.

Vineyard: 26.6 hectares (65.7 acres)

Varietals: 42.7% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.3% Cabernet Franc

Average time spend in oak: 18-22 months (80% new oak)

Annual Production: 6,000-7,000 cases


VINTAGE 1989

Sum of temperature: 3408°C
Rain: 355mm
Days of temperature above 30°C: 24 days

Harvest: 29/08/1989 to 20/09/1989

Historically an early vintage. The growing season was particularly hot, sunny, and dry providing ideal conditions for budding, flowering, veraison, maturity and harvest. An exceptional year produced an exceptionel wine.


TASTING NOTES

The wine has a handsome color deep and mature. The nose finds that the perfect maturity of the fruit is dominating the tasting. One even finds the softness of the wine in the nose. In the mouth the subtleties of the aromas evolve bit by bit. THe ripe tannins make up a taut and fleshy base. Nevertheless all is harmoniously melded together. One notes the scent of cigar, cedar wood, an unusually exotic touch of vanilla, cloves and orange peel, ending with a storng whiff of truffle. All these evolve together and give a sensation of silky unctuosity. This is a legendary wine.

To taste rather between now and 2030.



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Latest Pro-tasting notes

35 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Lingering and Pure

flavors

Smoky, Blackcurrant, Voluptuous, Toasty, Tobacco and Mineral

nose

Intense, Ripe, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Balanced, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, One-dimensional, Firm, Fresh, Rich and Silky tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

The 1989 La Mission Haut Brion was not as opulent as usual.  It had some tootsie pop, chocolatey flavors, but it was a touch cooked and off (95+A).

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Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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