2004 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan

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  • Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 17, 2022 - 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc...decanted for an hour. Have always loved this wine...pretty accessible right from the get bodied with wonderful subtle expressive Bordeaux-ness! Still showing a healthy youthful dark garnet with rose rim color...gorgeously classic nose of creme de cassis, shaved pencil, olive tapenade, leather and mint. Wonderfully creamy and climate, med bodied ripeness of dark berry fruits(raspberry,plum,currants)...some sweetness of raspberry jam, cherry skin acidity, to go along with the KILLER powder graphite dry fine grained tannins...really quite accessible and inviting, yet there is plenty of crushed rock and wood spice structure firmness...subtle nuanced layers of dried herbs, licorice, tobacco wrapper, crushed coal, cinnamon stick, tilled up mint garden...some might think too thin and lack of phenolic ripeness...I for one find it refreshing and more of a subtle elegance than the riper warmer vintages. Just screams Bordeaux to me...and would drink this 24/7 if I could!

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  • robertgoulet commented:

    2/17/22, 6:14 PM - Underrated vintage...great wine

  • djhammond commented:

    2/18/22, 11:30 AM - Fully agree. Such an underrated vintage with a handful of wines. Palmer, Las Cases, Barton, and Haut Brion all top rate and drinking at a relatively young age.

  • robertgoulet commented:

    2/19/22, 11:53 AM - Yes...Leoville Barton is a cracker
    ..and SHL is killer

  • djhammond commented:

    2/19/22, 11:57 AM - Must try the SHL

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