2021 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2021 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Tasted April 2022. Precise red and black berry fruit, overlaid with notes of truffle, dried mint, woody herbs, and petals. Fine grained tannins and fresh acidity. There's a tightness and delicacy to the palate now but tons of complexity waiting to unfurl.

Critic score
93.5/100 info
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
In stock

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2051info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

The 2021 La Mission Haut-Brion has a very cohesive bouquet, well-defined with minerally red and black fruit, hints of white flowers and a distant tang of black olive. The almost "estuarine" element becomes more prominent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, quite fresh though not a complex or deep La Mission. It is lifted by the salinity and sustain on the finish—also its typicité. Whilst not a wine from the top drawer, it is a fascinating, engaging Pessac that will drink over the next 20 or 30 years.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (February 2024)

The 2021 La Mission Haut-Brion comes across as delicate and soft. It is a wine that is very strongly marked by the year—there is no doubt about that. Floral and spice notes open first, as the 2021 shows off its restrained personality. Dark fruit, leather, cedar and tobacco develop in the glass, but this very clearly offers only modest definition, mid-palate pliancy and persistence. Even so, there are no hard edges. Overall, it's a very good wine in a year that was obviously extremely challenging.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (February 2024)

The 2021 La Mission Haut-Brion unfurls in the glass with a complex, detailed bouquet of plums, cassis, flowers, spices, licorice and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated, its fleshy, layered core of fruit is framed by beautifully velvety tannins. In bottle, much as en primeur, this blend of 48% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc is a charming, sensual rendition of La Mission.

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (February 2024)

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