Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

9.445 ratings on Delectable
$749

A superstar of this great vintage, the 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion is as profound as the 1989, 1982, and 1975. It is more structured and tannic than the 1989, more civilized and refined, but not as thick as the 1982, and sweeter as well as purer than the 1975. The 2000 is neither flamboyant nor accessible, but what upside potential it possesses! In time, one might have to return to the prodigious duo of 1959 and 1961 to find a La Mission with this much potential. While still tight from bottling, its inky purple color is accompanied by extravagantly sweet aromas of blackberries, blueberries, toast, scorched earth, coffee, asphalt, graphite, and smoke. Super-intense and unctuously-textured, with a sumptuous mid-palate and finish, this is an explosively rich, layered effort that possesses everything I could ever want from a terroir that has given me as much hedonistic and intellectual pleasure as any other wine in the world. It is an amazing achievement for administrator Jean-Bernard Delmas, his son, Jean-Phillipe, and the entire winemaking team. The phenomenal aftertaste goes on for over a minute. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2045. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

The sister property of Haut-Brion and a wine many consider an unofficial 1st Growth, La Mission was firing on all cylinders this night. The 2000 nose was classic, showing the signature Graves scorched Earth, ripe currants, creme de cassis, and roasted coffee beans. The palate built around a core of earth and rock, with a structured and textural powerhouse that relents in the glass as you taste it further, unwrapping the aroma and flavor kaleidoscope slowly and keeping you coming back for more. The 2005 was more of the same but on another level of density and strength being a younger wine and also from an excellent vintage worthy of at least 5 -7 more years before I would go at it again. The nose hinted to a deep future, with the palate clamping down and not showing any signs of relenting that night. #lamission #hautbrion #graves #bordeaux #wine

The sister property of Haut-Brion and a wine many consider an unofficial 1st Growth, La Mission was firing on all cylinders this night. The 2000 nose was classic, showing the signature Graves scorched Earth, ripe currants, creme de cassis, and roasted coffee beans. The palate built around a core of earth and rock, with a structured and textural powerhouse that relents in the glass as you taste it further, unwrapping the aroma and flavor kaleidoscope slowly and keeping you coming back for more. The 2005 was more of the same but on another level of density and strength being a younger wine and also from an excellent vintage worthy of at least 5 -7 more years before I would go at it again. The nose hinted to a deep future, with the palate clamping down and not showing any signs of relenting that night. #lamission #hautbrion #graves #bordeaux #wine

9.8

Jeremy Noye Delectable Pro

CEO Morrell & Company

A very seductive example of la mission. Texturally alluring and velvety. Hopefully more aromatics to come in the future.

A very seductive example of la mission. Texturally alluring and velvety. Hopefully more aromatics to come in the future.

9.6

Samantha Breton Delectable Pro

Showed great potential but still need some years.

Showed great potential but still need some years.

9.4

Josh Orr Delectable Pro

Off bottle...bummer

Off bottle...bummer

7.4

Steve Matthiasson Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Matthiasson Wines

Rich and ripe, but delicious anyways. Plummy dark fruit, enough acid to balance.

Rich and ripe, but delicious anyways. Plummy dark fruit, enough acid to balance.

9.3

Jeffrey Lew

Deep dark and still coiled up. Not as approachable as last few but still awesome. WOTN for me.

Deep dark and still coiled up. Not as approachable as last few but still awesome. WOTN for me.

9.6

Raye Ackerman

Wow. Big and complex and has a truly young bouquet but a wonderful balance. Back currants and licorice were what jumped out at me. We did not decant and let breath briefly. Continues to evolve.

Wow. Big and complex and has a truly young bouquet but a wonderful balance. Back currants and licorice were what jumped out at me. We did not decant and let breath briefly. Continues to evolve.

9.5

Jeffrey Lew

Yes... I know it's "too young". But, man is it good.... Nuff said.

Yes... I know it's "too young". But, man is it good.... Nuff said.

9.6

Vijay Parikh

Still very young though glimpses of greatness could be sensed around four hours after decant. Wait till 2020

Still very young though glimpses of greatness could be sensed around four hours after decant. Wait till 2020

9.2

Jeffrey Lew

About last night..... Dark cherry, blackberry, tobacco and some leather. Hint of astringency on the finish or I would of given this a 98-99. This is awesome right now and will only get better.

About last night..... Dark cherry, blackberry, tobacco and some leather. Hint of astringency on the finish or I would of given this a 98-99. This is awesome right now and will only get better.

9.7