Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2020
Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2020
Neal Martin Vinous 97-99 – "The 2020 La Mission Haut-Brion was picked September 7–29. It has a very intense and beautifully defined bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry, wilted violet petals and hints of orange blossom. It unfolded with aeration as I examined it side-by-side against its neighbor over the course of an hour. The exquisitely balanced palate is lightly spiced on the entry and segues into a very structured midpalate that frames the weight of pixelated black fruit. That spicy theme continues and is exaggerated toward a finish that fans out wonderfully. This is a less alcoholic La Mission Haut-Brion compared to recent vintages, a bit "cooler" and streamlined, yet no less intense and satisfying. An enthralling wine in the making from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team."
Jane Anson Decanter 98 – "A kick of black fruit and confident spice right from the first nose, this is an intense and concentrated La Mission, tightly in control, not letting up from beginning to end. The pencil lead and bitter dark chocolate is layered in between the cassis notes in a way that makes you see the Cabernet influence although this is majority Merlot (once again - this is a character of the year, low yields of Cabernet mean Merlot is more featured in the blend than usual; but the intensity of the Cabernets mean that it still has an outsized influence on flavour profile). Grilled coffee beans overtake on the close of play, this is seductive and switches beautifully between the tannins pressing in on the palate and the juice expanding things outwards. This is the wine to go for in the Domaines Clarence Dillon stable this year. Harvest from 7th to 29th September."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown Wine Advocate 97-99 – "Composed of 48.6% Merlot, 43.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.2% Cabernet Franc, harvested from 7th to 29th September, the 2020 La Mission Haut-Brion has an alcohol of 14.7%. It needs considerable swirling and coaxing to reveal slowly emerging scents of freshly crushed blackcurrants, Morello cherries, wild blueberries and forest floor, leading to suggestions of violets, baker's chocolate and cardamom with wafts of dusty soil and oolong tea. The medium to full-bodied palate bursts with impactful, fresh red, black and blue fruit layers, supported by impressive freshness and fantastically ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing very long and fragrant. A stunning expression of this vintage!"
Chris Kissack Winedoctor 94-96 – "The white from La Mission, previously sold as Laville Haut-Brion of course, has a blend of 54.7% Sauvignon Blanc and 45.3% Semillon, the fruit picked from August 19th to the 28th. The nose is just a delight, with just a little flourish of waxy white chocolate at first, which quickly gives way to twists of lemon peel and peach skin, and then a very firm, matchsticky, flinty reduction. The palate, given that the nose has such energy and direction, starts off in a very gentle fashion, with a supple substance and elegant perhaps even rather relaxed style, although in the middle if reveals more of its grip and mettle, with notes of herbal tea and white peach, draped over a strident central backbone of phenolic substance and acidity intertwined. An impressive La Mission, which demands cellaring, as what is presented now is merely a structural frame for what is to come. I watched this sample over several days and it stayed strong and fresh – very impressive. The alcohol level here is approximately 13.8%."
Jancis Robinson 18+ – "Dark, blackish crimson. Obviously extremely dense and concentrated – so much so that initially the nose is buried in all that concentration. Then – whoosh – what a spread of firm fruit and layers of cassis and minerals! There is no shortage of ripe tannin buried under here so this will be a very slow burner but it's a worthy addition to the La Mission canon. Needs years and years and it's far from opulent, but then that's not what La Mission is about. Subtly builds towards a very long peacock's tail finish. Though it's impossible to imagine drinking this tightly structured wine without food."
|Drinkjaren||2030 - 2050|
|Druivensoort(en)||49% merlot, 43% cabernet sauvignon and 8% cabernet franc|
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