Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2001

Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

So, if it’s my birthday celebration, there is a juicy ribeye & some old(er) Claret. My only disappointment with this bottle is as good as it is, there are better things still down the road. The nose reveals classic Claret. There are earthy, funky fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets. The body is medium full with rounded, nicely resolved, tarry tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance are really singing. It would be good to have another 2001 LMHB in ten years. While 2001 wasn’t a critically acclaimed vintage, I think LMHB over performed the vintage. As well, it followed a grand 2000 vintage which, handicapped it from the start. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries, bright cherries, rhubarb, figs, with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry top soil, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice with soft heat, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets. The acidity is excellent...like a gentle rain shower. The long finish is elegance defined, extremely well balanced ending in soft, round, dry, dusty tannins with beautiful spice. Photos of; Chateau La Mission Haut Brion & estate vines, beautiful barrel room, pond & Roman columns and the back vow of the Chateau. Please indulge me while I post some history on this grand producer. As much as I love the wine, I love the history & people that do the hard work to bring us such great wines. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is not quite as old as Chateau Haut Brion. However, they are opposite side of the road neighbors. La Mission Haut Brion dates back to the late 16th century. The property came into being after it was purchased by Jean de Pontac in 1533. US winery history is a baby compared to France. In 1607, the estate changed hands. It was inherited by Ms. Olive de Lestonnac. What an inheritance! In 1815, something rare happened. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion became the property of an American owner, the Chiapelle family. At the time, the family was already involved in the Bordeaux wine trade. In fact, they knew about the business as they had managed a myriad of different estates including Chateau Cos d’ Estournel. La Mission Haut Brion continued to change hands until it was finally sold to another American family, the Woltner’s. Frederic Woltner purchased La Mission Haut Brion in 1919. The also became owners on Howell Mountain. It changed hands one final time in 1983 when it was purchased by Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owner of neighboring, Chateau Haut Brion. They renovated the entire property, starting with replanting the vineyards which, was completed in 1987. The 26 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is planted to; 45.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.8% Merlot and 10.4% Cabernet Franc. 3.5 hectares of vines are reserved for the production of the white Bordeaux. To produce the red wine of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, the wine is vinified in large, 180 hectoliter, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and aged in 100% new, French oak for an average of 22 months. The annual production of La Mission Haut Brion averages between 6,000 and 7,000 cases per year.

So, if it’s my birthday celebration, there is a juicy ribeye & some old(er) Claret. My only disappointment with this bottle is as good as it is, there are better things still down the road. The nose reveals classic Claret. There are earthy, funky fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets. The body is medium full with rounded, nicely resolved, tarry tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance are really singing. It would be good to have another 2001 LMHB in ten years. While 2001 wasn’t a critically acclaimed vintage, I think LMHB over performed the vintage. As well, it followed a grand 2000 vintage which, handicapped it from the start. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries, bright cherries, rhubarb, figs, with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry top soil, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice with soft heat, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets. The acidity is excellent...like a gentle rain shower. The long finish is elegance defined, extremely well balanced ending in soft, round, dry, dusty tannins with beautiful spice. Photos of; Chateau La Mission Haut Brion & estate vines, beautiful barrel room, pond & Roman columns and the back vow of the Chateau. Please indulge me while I post some history on this grand producer. As much as I love the wine, I love the history & people that do the hard work to bring us such great wines. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is not quite as old as Chateau Haut Brion. However, they are opposite side of the road neighbors. La Mission Haut Brion dates back to the late 16th century. The property came into being after it was purchased by Jean de Pontac in 1533. US winery history is a baby compared to France. In 1607, the estate changed hands. It was inherited by Ms. Olive de Lestonnac. What an inheritance! In 1815, something rare happened. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion became the property of an American owner, the Chiapelle family. At the time, the family was already involved in the Bordeaux wine trade. In fact, they knew about the business as they had managed a myriad of different estates including Chateau Cos d’ Estournel. La Mission Haut Brion continued to change hands until it was finally sold to another American family, the Woltner’s. Frederic Woltner purchased La Mission Haut Brion in 1919. The also became owners on Howell Mountain. It changed hands one final time in 1983 when it was purchased by Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owner of neighboring, Chateau Haut Brion. They renovated the entire property, starting with replanting the vineyards which, was completed in 1987. The 26 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is planted to; 45.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.8% Merlot and 10.4% Cabernet Franc. 3.5 hectares of vines are reserved for the production of the white Bordeaux. To produce the red wine of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, the wine is vinified in large, 180 hectoliter, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and aged in 100% new, French oak for an average of 22 months. The annual production of La Mission Haut Brion averages between 6,000 and 7,000 cases per year.

9.5

Andrew Steffensmeier Delectable Pro

This was a perfect, straight down the middle LMHB. Drinking on the young side but the flavors are open to an extent. Perhaps surpassed by 1988 and 1989 only because of age.

This was a perfect, straight down the middle LMHB. Drinking on the young side but the flavors are open to an extent. Perhaps surpassed by 1988 and 1989 only because of age.

9.5

Alex Jones Delectable Pro

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

Was good but thinner than expected and seemed to loose fruit as opened. Mid weight and showed some dark fruit and herbs and at least some tannic left to think about holding rest.

Was good but thinner than expected and seemed to loose fruit as opened. Mid weight and showed some dark fruit and herbs and at least some tannic left to think about holding rest.

8.9

Chris MacLean Delectable Pro

Full, meaty and rich. Dark fruit and generous minerality. Expansive and broad on the palate. This is in a great spot.

Full, meaty and rich. Dark fruit and generous minerality. Expansive and broad on the palate. This is in a great spot.

9.5

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik Delectable Pro

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

Let's start negative; it lacks mid palate weight and width. Everything else about this wine is all positive! Lovely, juicy acidity, sweet and seductive tannins, amazingly pure and precise red fruits and above all it's caressing finish. Drinkability can always be spelled La Mission.

Let's start negative; it lacks mid palate weight and width. Everything else about this wine is all positive! Lovely, juicy acidity, sweet and seductive tannins, amazingly pure and precise red fruits and above all it's caressing finish. Drinkability can always be spelled La Mission.

9.3

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Lacking depth.

Lacking depth.

8.9

Matt Duncan Delectable Pro

Whole peppercorn, cinnamon stick, blackberry, coconut husk. Coffee mid palate appears. Red velvet cake finish. Moderate sediment. Invigorating menthol finish. Good decanting is required. Plenty of youthfulness. A real treat!

Whole peppercorn, cinnamon stick, blackberry, coconut husk. Coffee mid palate appears. Red velvet cake finish. Moderate sediment. Invigorating menthol finish. Good decanting is required. Plenty of youthfulness. A real treat!

9.8

Richard Jennings Delectable Pro

Another delightful end-of-the-year wine.

Another delightful end-of-the-year wine.

9.8

Shane Walker

Clear, deep ruby colour. Clean, pronounced black currants, confectionery, cassis and truffle aromas. Dry with high acidity and tannins that are beautifully balanced. A medium bodied wine with intense and complex flavours of black currants, vanilla, cassis coupled with a long finish make this an outstanding wine to accompany our fantastically well cooked Chateaubriand.

Clear, deep ruby colour. Clean, pronounced black currants, confectionery, cassis and truffle aromas. Dry with high acidity and tannins that are beautifully balanced. A medium bodied wine with intense and complex flavours of black currants, vanilla, cassis coupled with a long finish make this an outstanding wine to accompany our fantastically well cooked Chateaubriand.

9.5

Mike Levin

Can see the pedigree but just not an amazing showing.

Can see the pedigree but just not an amazing showing.

9.0

Location

  • 300 Massachusetts Ave NE
    Washington D.C., DC 20002

  • Hours:
    Monday - Saturday
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sunday
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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