FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Zarte tabakige Würze, ein Hauch von Edelholz, schwarze Waldbeeren, ein Hauch von Lakritze, Orangenzesten sind unterlegt, sehr verführerisch. Komplex, saftig, rund und ungemein harmonisch, integrierte, tragende Tannine, mineralisch und sehr lange anhaltend, dunkle Schokolade im Nachhall, sicheres Reifepotenzial für viele Jahre, aber nur wenn man genug von diesem verführerischen Wein im Keller hat."
JAMES SUCKLING: "This has real al dente fruit character on the palate with lemon rind and blackcurrants with blueberries. Lead pencil and stone, too. Full-bodied with chewy and juicy tannins that are primary and growing quickly on the palate as you taste it. Reminds me of the 1978, but brighter and more precise. 51.7% cabernet sauvignon, 43.2% merlot and 5.1% cabernet franc."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: „The 2022 La Mission Haut-Brion is composed of 51.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.2% Merlot, and 5.1% Cabernet Franc aging in 62.2% new oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it tumbles out of the glass with gregarious notes of plum preserves, creme de cassis, and blueberry compote, followed by hints of sandalwood, violets, and licorice. The full-bodied palate is charged with energetic black fruits, featuring impressive tension and firm, fine-grained tannins, finishing very long and opulent. Typically the more flamboyant sibling to Haut-Brion, it will be hard to keep your paws off this even after only 5-6 years in bottle."
DECANTER: "Gorgeous intensity on the nose, really fragrant and perfumed, richly scented with black fruits and bramble berries. Round, full, persistent and thrilling on the palate, a perfect balance between rich, concentrated and intense fruit and lively acidity. There is density and crispness while remaining quite pure and focussed, no overt over ripeness or heaviness. Precise and elegant, juicy and alive. This has supreme charm."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Deep purple in color, and the fruits are equally deep. You find blackberries, black currants, and black cherries before its nuances of smoke, cigar box, barbecue, smoked meat and roses. On the palate, there is intensity, depth of flavor, concentration, and layers of fruit. But the wine is also lifted, fresh and energetic. It is easy to taste. The finish is rich, long, vivacious, and palate-filling. The wine blends 51.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.2% Merlot, and 5.1% Cabernet Franc, 14.15% ABV, 3.95 pH. Harvesting took place, August 29 - September 19. Yields were 28 hectoliters per hectare, making this the lowest yields since 1991 with 50% of the harvest going into the grand Vin. Drink from 2027-2055."
JEB DUNNUCK: "While I don't see the 2022 Château La Mission Haut-Brion matching the legendary wines from this address at this early stage, it's nevertheless a gorgeous wine in the making. Based on 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, it has a pure, elegant, lengthy style as well as classic cassis and darker cherry fruits, some smoky, tobacco, scorched earth nuances, medium to full body, perfectly ripe tannins, and a great finish. I love its tannins, and it's a forward, seamless, balanced beauty that will shine with just short-term cellaring."
THE WINE ADVOCATE: "A rich and muscular wine that reflects the warmth of the vintage, the 2022 La Mission Haut-Brion reveals aromas of dark berries, cherries and crème de cassis mingled with licorice, spices, incense and spring flowers. Full-bodied, broad and concentrated, it's surprisingly lively despite an elevated pH of 4.0, exhibiting a seamless, broad-shouldered profile with an ample core of fruit framed by rich, powdery tannin. It's a blend of 51.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.2% Merlot and 5.1% Cabernet Franc."
WEINWISSER: "51.7 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.2 % Merlot, 5.1 % Cabernet Franc. Nur 30 hl/ha statt 45 hl/ha, aber dafür wurde mit 56 % etwas mehr Grand Vin produziert. Verführerisches Bouquet, reife Wildkirsche, Brasiltabak, vielschichtige Cassiswürze, Flieder und geröstete Himbeerkerne. Am komplexen Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, engmaschigem Tanningerüst und mächtigem Körper. Im konzentrierten Finale schwarze kleine Beeren, Wacholder, Estragon und mehlige Adstringenz. Starke Persönlichkeit, die mit ihrer unnahbaren Art verblüfft! 2030 – 2055."
JANCIS ROBINSON: "Elegant and complex, fresh and alluring, the texture seductive and suave. Cassis and cedar notes with a hint of mint. Powerful but creamy tannins. Plenty of drive with length and grip on the finish. Clearly has potential."