Red

1988 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 97

  • VoteferPedro Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 2, 2019 - one hour decant
    smoke and cedar and earth on the nose
    the palate was not broad but seemless with long finish that went with a beautifully prepared ribeye magnificently

    I have no idea how long this will last but it did not seem to be fading or tired at 30+ years!

  • Shay.Aldriedge Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 13, 2019 - Enjoyed en mag as a birth year wine on my birthday. I went back and forth with how much to decant (if at all), and ended up just giving this about 10-15mins to blow off some funk while still in bottle and the fireworks started. Youthful. In the glass, deep, dark purple with a black core. Didn’t notice any bricking. Huge aromatics of graphite, dusty yet ripe blackberries, bay leaf and saddle leather. From start to finish, the wine was still pretty dense with good tannic structure. The palate showed more sweet pipe tobacco, black fruits and dark cocoa dusted dates. We enjoyed this over the course of probably an hour and a half and it stood strong the entire time and never fell off. A gorgeous wine!

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  • nywine68 wrote: 92 points

    February 5, 2019 - La Mission Haut Brion with Jean-Philippe Delmas (Vaucluse Townhouse, New York): Drinking very nicely. Really juicy and soft with lots of saturated fruit. Very easy drinking and at a perfect plateau today.

  • acyso wrote: 83 points

    January 13, 2019 - A Survey of Pessac-Léognan (Skokie, IL): Served double blind. Seems to show some really intense graphite elements. Nice black fruit, but a little bit desiccated and dried here. The palate definitely shows the age as well, but there’s a nicely integrated element here. Fully resolved, perhaps a little on the downswing if anything. Fairly classically styled. Really fell apart with air, with the VA going into overdrive, and each subsequent sniff just got worse. My 7th, group's 10th.

  • Ralph_ wrote: 89 points

    October 19, 2018 - Semesterprobe Bordeaux 1988; 10/19/2018-10/21/2018 (Lamm Hebsack Remshalden): Magnum

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  • By Neal Martin
    A Century of Bordeaux: The Eights (May 2018), 5/18/2018 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2015, Issue #55, Château La Mission Haut-Brion One of the Graves’ Greatest Estates- Changing For the Better?

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Collector Wines from L'ete du Vin lunch, Episode #668, 5/1/2009 (link) 93+ points

    (Chateau La Mission Haut Brion) #2; COLOR-deep dark red; NOSE-classic earthy terroir driven; a little brett & greenness coming through; a little dark, tight plum; PALATE-really good tight black raspberry flavors coming through; really dark elegance; great length; really firm tannins on the back-end, but silky smooth throughout; proper mid-palate structure; black tea component; good balance; great elegance; not too full bodied; still drinking quite youthful as this has a good 10-20 years left in it; great second and third tier flavors; RP-90; WS-96; GV-93+

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château La Mission Haut-Brion
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan

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  • Pending Delivery 17 (2%)
  • In Cellars 801 (71%)
  • Consumed 306 (27%)

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