Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan Bordeaux Tasting Notes 2009:
Now we truly needed to review it and we’re going to discuss an incredible wine one of our family friends presented for us to try, as he’s mad with his La Mission Bordeaux.
Rest assured that even though it came from a buddy, he doesn’t have an association with the brand whatsoever and we’re not getting sponsored or favored in any way – so anticipate the review and tasting notes for this La Mission 2009 review to be accurate and unbiased.
Wine Tasting Notes for the La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan Bordeaux
This wine is mouth-filling, rich, concentrated, lush, strong and packed with totally ripe berries, smoke, earth, spice, crème de cassis, licorice, and blackberry.
- Compared with Haut-Brion, La Mission is open with piquant, cedar, tobacco flavors. A generously layered wine with a supple feel and delightfully ripe tannins.
- Strong Garnet-red with ruby highlights. Centered, refined nose with fresh red fruit.
Warm and mouthcoating palate rapidly capped off, slightly slim finish with oak that was predominant.
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Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion History:
Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion is not as old as Chateau Haut Brion. La Mission Haut Brion is from the 16th Century. The wine property came into being after De Pontac, in 1533, bought it. Pontac was also the owner of what afterward became Chateau Haut Brion. This mind was responsible for the birth of several of the finest estates and terroirs in Bordeaux.
Its Bordeaux wine vineyards and Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion became renowned when De Lastonnac and De Pontac’s sister were married. In 1607, the estate changed hands. Olive de Lestonnac finally bequeathed the property.
The building was repossessed during the French Revolution and then auctioned.
Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion became the property of its first American owner, the Chapelle family. At the time, the family was active in the Bordeaux wine trade. As they’d managed a myriad of different estates including Chateau Cos d’Estournel, the truth is, they understood about the business.
They constructed and designed the famous gates that safeguard the Pessac Leognan property.
La Mission Haut Brion had not been included in the 1855 Classification. In fact, Haut Brion was the single Leognan wine included in the 1855 Classification. La Mission Haut Brion continued to change hands until it was eventually sold to the Woltners, another American family. The year was 1919 when Frederic Woltner acquired La Mission Haut Brion. Many people consider this the arrival of the current era for the property.
The Woltners owned these fields until 1983 when Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owner of Haut Brion purchased the estate. The property was renovated by the new owners starting with replanting the vineyards and the modernizing the chateau and wine making facilities. Their next choice was to assemble a brand new vat house, which was finished in 1987.
Within an ever continuing effort to enhance the property and wine making, 1996 saw the making of a brand new wine making center. Works were also focused on Grand Chai also. The latest round of renovations was completed In 2007.
For the red wine, the winery has a terroir of deep gravel over clay, sand, and chalk. in the earth. With vines averaging 27 years old, the vineyard is put to 45.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.8% Merlot and 10.4% Cabernet Franc. This reveals a 1% increase in Merlot plantings matched with a 1% decline in Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s interesting to note, that while the chateau is found across the road from Haut Brion, most of the vineyards usually are not as close. While most of the vines are in Pessac, the vast majority of the vines for La Mission Haut Brion are in Talence. When you see the higher level of vine density at La Mission Haut Brion than at Haut Brion and examine the differences in the earth, it’s simpler to comprehend the differences in the wines styles.
The wine is vinified and aged in 100% new, French oak for an average of 22 months to make the red wine of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion. The annual generation of La Mission Haut Brion averages between 6,000 and 7,000 cases. The blending takes place shortly before the aging process in a barrel has started and after Malolactic fermentation is finished. The reason being the property believes that before the influence of the wood begins to be felt in the wine it’s better to mix them.
Based on Jean-Philippe Delmas, the cool and frequently cold night air retains the freshness in the fruit and retards oxidation, letting purity and more freshness be factors.
After the early morning, the grapes are crushed using a pneumatic press. There’s no contact between the juice and the skins. There is interestingly no malolactic fermentation.
Jean-Philippe Delmas currently manages both properties. He is the third generation of the Delmas family to handle the business.
La Mission Haut Brion creates a Bordeaux wine of opulence, wealth, intensity and charm. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated and needs years to mature. The perfume offers tobacco, smoke, earth, truffle, spice and cassis aromas. It’s a more tannic and larger wine than Haut-Brion. Depending on the vintage, it might not reveal the same degree of elegance. In some years, La Mission Haut Brion makes an improved wine. La Mission is on top of the list for Super Seconds. This is one wine that would unquestionably be promoted to First Growth standing if a reclassification were done!
When fruit reserved for La Tour Haut Brion was blended into La Chapelle La Mission Haut Brion starting with the 2006 vintage, the quality of the wine improved.