2016 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan PRE-ARRIVAL

$475.00
WA98-100JS96-97VN94-97

“La Mish” is stunning in 2016. Galloni calls it “a total knockout. Vertical and powerful, but not at all austere, it exudes class. Fine-grained tannins support the fruit, but they are barely felt, as the wine's balance is so extraordinary.” The Wine Advocate raved that it “leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives.”

NOTE: PRE-ARRIVAL OFFERING; WINE ARRIVES DECEMBER 2018.

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Jean-Philippe Delmas
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
22 Months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 100% new
Country of Origin:
France
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
Pessac-Leognan
Total Varietal Composition %:
57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol %:
13.7%
SKU #:
1WLMH16IR3
WA98-100

Wine Advocate

The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. "We had to be patient and wait for each plot," Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. "It took longer than usual." As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the "gaff over the road" Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation. I thought that the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion flirted with perfection. The 2016 has that extra edge, a "je ne sais quoi" that leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives.

JS96-97

James Suckling

The texture to this is very beautiful with chewy yet very polished tannins. Full-bodied, tight and mouth-filling. Starts very slowly and then takes off. Love the energy in this.