|La Mission Haut Brion liegt direkt auf der anderen Straßenseite leicht oberhalb von Haut Brion in dem Vorort von Bordeaux Pessac. 1983 wurde es von der Familie Dillon gekauft, den Besitzern von Haut Brion. Die neuen Besitzer renovierten und modernisierten alles von den Weinbergen über den Keller bis bin zum Château. Erst 2007 war die letzte Phase der Arbeiten beendet. Von Anfang an wurden die Weine des früheren Konkurrenten vom Kellerteam von Haut Brion unter der Leitung von Jean Philippe Delmas produziert. Es hat aber keinem der beiden Weine einen Abbruch getan - ganz im Gegenteil. La Mission zählt nicht nur als einer der lagerfähigsten und größten Bordeaux überhaupt. Der gute Ruf von La Mission kommt auch daher, dass es selbst in nicht so guten Jahrgängen äußerst profunde Weine produziert. Die Cuvée besteht je nach Jahrgang aus etwa 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon und 10% Cabernet Franc. Der Ausbau erfolgt für fast zwei Jahre in stets zu 100% neuen Fässern.
98-100 THE WINEADVOCATE: "The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. "We had to be patient and wait for each plot," Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. "It took longer than usual." As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the "gaff over the road" Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation. I thought that the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion flirted with perfection. The 2016 has that extra edge, a "je ne sais quoi" that leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives."
19 RENÈ GABRIEL´S BX TOTAL: "(57.5% Merlot, 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon) Tiefes, cremiges, komplexes, kräftiges Bouquet, schwarze Beeren, fein Dörrpflaumen, Moccacreme, Edelhölzer, Lakritze, Tabak, Trüffel. Dichtverwobener, vielschichtiger, kraftvoller Gaumen mit dichter Frucht, samtener, gut muskulöser Struktur, viel feinem Tannin, kräftiger, dunkler, vielfältiger Aromatik, sehr langer, voller Abgang mit vielen Rückaromen. 19/20 2025 - 2060" - A. Kunz.
98 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Deep in color, the smoke, tobacco, dark red fruits, earth, espresso and cigar box aromatics keep you busy. Full bodied, concentrated, the wine takes up a lot of room on your palate. It´s long, expansive and is a Cuban cigar dream, provided they also enjoy a big wave of fruit. There is a lot of tannin, but the fruit is so ripe, and sweet, you barely notice it. The wine was made from a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon . The harvest took place from September 19 to October 14. The wine reached 13.7% alcohol, with a pH of 3.66. This represents 50% of the harvest."
18,5++ JANCIS ROBINSON: "Glowing deep crimson. Very intense and ripe. Snazzy and spicy. Polished and racy. Very firm and lots of ripe tannins – very much à La Mission. Super-sophisticated. Inky and fresh and so ripe and confident. A dry style but great. Racy but tannic."
98 DECANTER: "Wonderful La Mission this year, graceful but with an unmistakable sense of controlled power. The wine just expands outwards and upwards in your mouth - insistent but terribly polite about it. It is deep and silky, shot through with coffee grounds, damson and soft cassis on a creamy mid-palate, utterly beautiful. There is a real energy and vitality here, with a caressing texture to the tannins and huge persistency on the finish. Dense, and yet so finessed that you could almost drink it today. Wow. The blend is 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon with a pH of 3.66, harvested between 19th September and 14th October." Drink: 2027 - 2050.
96-98 WINE ENTHUSIAST: "96–98. Barrel Sample. This is a seductive, rounded and smooth wine, with fine fruit that cushions the solid tannins. It has spicy tones and ample acidity as well as delicious, concentrated fruitiness. This is going to be a beautiful wine."
96-97 JAMES SUCKLING: "The texture to this is very beautiful with chewy yet very polished tannins. Full-bodied, tight and mouth-filling. Starts very slowly and then takes off. Love the energy in this."
94-97 ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion is a total knockout. Vertical and powerful, but not at all austere, it exudes class. Fine-grained tannins support the fruit, but they are barely felt, as the wine´s balance is so extraordinary. Lifted floral notes and a host of red fruits give the 2016 energy and verve. I can´t wait to see how it ages."