Tight and still holding a lot in reserve, the wine is powerful, tannic, young, fresh and not ready for prime time. Give it at least another 5 years and this could be even better, as La Mission tends to do, as it matures.
First Growths at Capital Grille (Capitalle Grille, Mpls, MN): Very dark purple/red color. Same bottle as Chablis28. Three hours double decant and some slow O time to boot. Also youthful, this is really impressive too. Love that LMHB/Graves profile. Great smokiness, creosote, black currants, black raspberry, tobacco, cedarbox, earth, black licorice and firm round tannins. Nose and palate are both stellar. I want to see this again in 4 or 5 years.
Just 20 months since my last btl I really didn't intend to open another btl this soon but I certainly wasn't disappointed and I think the wine has already improved some again since January last year. I decanted this for 3 hours, poured back into the blt for a trip to Capital Grill and then left the cork out of it for another 2 hours prior to drinking it. This had a stunning nose loaded with tobacco, dark fruit creosote. The tobacco carries over to the palate along with; raspberry, cherry, minerality and dark chocolate. There is still plenty of structure but the tannins are largely in check and this is a pleasure now. All that said, there is still tons of upside and I'll do my best not to touch my last btl till at least 2020. This likely is drinking perfectly between 2020 and 2030. One left and I wish I had more but this is deservedly now a $350 plus wine. My overall WOTN as this really was overall the most intriguing BDX for me tonight.
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(La Mission Haut Brion) This also was suprisingly forward. Classic Gravesian nose of tar, weedy tobacco, tweed jacket, red currants, cassis, and wet earth, Palate was very concentrated with a firm minerally backbone and loads of tobacco and earth nuances. The tannins had an almost grainy-like aspect to them. A chewy wine. Great stuff and very open. Still needs to develop secondary aromas but definetly on the way.
(Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan) CS 35%, M 65%. A dark core here, with a dusky pink rim. There is some development here, but on the whole this still comes across as dense and youthful. It shows nicely polished fruit with a feral, gravelly edge spiced with a little dark chocolate. There is a richness on the palate, although there is a more gentle composition and integration compared to the younger wines. An attractive and harmonious style, this is coming together nicely. There is a little raw edge to it, and it isn't entirely knit together, so this certainly isn't ready. But there is lovely potential; I think this is an under-rated vintage for Graves, and it shows here. Splendid.
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