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

$589

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

Andrew Steffensmeier Delectable Pro

A lot of power and depth here. Still has some time to reach its pinnacle.

A lot of power and depth here. Still has some time to reach its pinnacle.

9.5

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

De-F’n-licious. From mag at dinner post Potel tasting. Just an epic, gorgeous, substantive wine. Run don’t walk.

De-F’n-licious. From mag at dinner post Potel tasting. Just an epic, gorgeous, substantive wine. Run don’t walk.

9.7

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

George Doolan

Super tight and dense, this just started to show itself after 2+ hours. Dark berries, bramble, black tea, hoisin, iodine and rich but very suave almost silky tannin. This wine needs lots of time; I would not be interested in opening a bottle for 10, 15 years perhaps.

Super tight and dense, this just started to show itself after 2+ hours. Dark berries, bramble, black tea, hoisin, iodine and rich but very suave almost silky tannin. This wine needs lots of time; I would not be interested in opening a bottle for 10, 15 years perhaps.

9.4

Tara Rowland Delectable Pro

First for me

First for me

9.7

romo

La Mishy.

La Mishy.

9.5

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