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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.
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
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BORDEAUX 2000 – A DREAM VINTAGE
Weather conditions / Vintage 2000 has from the very start been proclaimed as one of the best vintages of modern times. In spring 2003, I've had many opportunities to find out, if we really have a true dream vintage in our hands.
During harvest 2000, while doing "personal inspection" in the vineyards, I noticed that something extraordinary big was on its way. Grapes looked extremely healthy.
While sorting table was rolling, I observed, that there were few leaves, stalks and weeds among the grapes. That's why sorting out grapes went so easy and quick. It must be one of hallmarks of 2000 vintage, because normally even the great vintages require a lot of work at sorting table.
2000 vintage is classic, extravagant and extremely long-lived Bordeaux with dark, extremely dense wines, which have enormous concentration of fruit, length and superbly concentrated tannin. The tannin is not allowed to dominate, because it's well wrapped up by fruit. A scent of sub-maturity is only present in few wines. One of this vintage's trademarks is an intense and deep aroma of dark berries, like blueberries, blackberries and black cherries.
All red grape varieties reached perfect maturity, including Bordeaux' most capricious and unruly grape variety, Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot gives the much meeded contribution of backbone and power to the wines.
Also the grapes for whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle, did ripe perfectly and produced tremendously fine dry white wines. Sweet white wines turned unfortunately to be a few light, elegant and charming wines, which were based 100% on September pickings. Beginning on the 11th October, it rained heavily in Bordeaux and it continued until the end of the year.
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