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Cru Classe Pessac Leognan Rouge la Mission Haut Brion Cabernet-Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet-Franc 1997

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Château La Mission Haut-brion:
When the wine is young, the initial sensation is its unctuousness, the softness of a very ripe grape, the freshness of aromas and at the same time the texture of very special tanins. These meld with a trace of mineral in the wine. It is as if the land was in the glass, comprising notes of roasted coffee beans, cocoa and tobacco. This delicate bitterness is somewhat reminiscent of crystallized c... Read more
When the wine is young, the initial sensation is its unctuousness, the softness of a very ripe grape, the freshness of aromas and at the same time the texture of very special tanins. These meld with a trace of mineral in the wine. It is as if the land was in the glass, comprising notes of roasted coffee beans, cocoa and tobacco. This delicate bitterness is somewhat reminiscent of crystallized cherry-stones seeped in spirit. It is certainly a penchant for revealing all its qualities at once that distinguishes the wines of La Mission and pleases a lot of tasters. It is also the consummate expression of the land of the Graves of Pessac. When maturing, this wine is still generous, openly proffering all its qualities. This hedonistic side is one of its most attractive particularities. Read less

External Reviews for Cru Classe Pessac Leognan Rouge la Mission Haut Brion Cabernet-Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet-Franc

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/03/2011

This dark ruby/plum-colored wine offers a big, spicy, tobacco leaf, and black fruit-scented nose, lots of structure and tannin, good depth, medium body, and enough accessibility to be consumed now (al... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1997 Mission Haut Brion, La 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/08/2010

Haut-Brion's 1997 is an unqualified success, and among the finest of the first-growths. The color is an opaque ruby/purple. The evolved nose offers up aromas of tar, tobacco, and sweet, jammy plum and black currant fruit. Medium-bodied, with exceptio... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1997 Haut Brion 750ml


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
07/20/2010

91 Points - Tanzer"Lovely purity and delineation of flavor lively and intense. Finishes with ripe, very fine tannins and impressive persistence."90 Points - Wine Spectator"A stunningly gorgeous red. Beautiful aromas of licorice, berries and flowers. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, succulent finish. Very fine indeed."


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Initially reticent nose opened quickly to reveal notes of citrus skin lanolin and coconut. Fatter richer more glyceral than its stablemate Laville Haut Brion with terrific sweetness and very good density. The citric notes repeat on the finish keeping the wine bright and firm. Outstanding potential. 89-92 points Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/29/2011

Initially reticent nose opened quickly to reveal notes of citrus skin, lanolin and coconut. Fatter, richer, more glyceral than its stablemate, Laville Haut Brion, with terrific sweetness and very good density. The citric notes repeat on the finish, k... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 1997 Haut Brion Blanc 750ml


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

91 Points - TanzerLovely purity and delineation of flavor lively and intense. Finishes with ripe, very fine tannins and impressive persistence.90 Points - Wine SpectatorA stunningly gorgeous re



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