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1988 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 111

  • CHINACAT wrote: 95 points

    January 2, 2022 - Dark red color and clear. Fragrant bouquet. Ripe dark berries, earthy and minerally, some menthol notes, good length and a silky texture. Mature, but still has adequate acidity to last a few more years. A stellar bottle.

  • mowtod Likes this wine:

    January 2, 2022 - With Beckers and Steak Diane starting to lean out but still good

  • Cailles wrote: 96 points

    December 21, 2021 - Many 1988 from good producers did not get much critical acclaim on release and in the years following but are absolutely stunning to drink now. The Latour (95+ pts), Mouton and Pichon Lalande (each 94 pts) and Angelus (93 pts) I’ve had over the past year confirm that (and all these wines were tasted as part of larger tastings where the scores are usually a touch lower vs following a wine over an evening). This Mission showed fantastic, drinking on a 96/97 pts level easily with the complete package of depth, precision, superb structure and length. One to chase as the prices are still quite reasonable and at or below more recent vintages.

    TN: Right after opening the wine junps out of the glass full of Pessac sexiness with so much dried tobacco leaves, old leather, cassis, and some herbal freshness. On the palate the wine shows the same wonderful aromas with so much tobacco, herbs, wet forest floor, old leather, fresh mountain herbs, some violets and a strong sweet yet fresh cassis fruit core. With time more and more graphite and granite minerality. The tannins are molten but the wine is full of tension, the medium acidity is perfectly integrated, the wine is slightly creamy but with a weightless feel. Quite a long finish with caramel/ burnt sugar scents and blach fruit. Superbly balanaced and harmonious and complete.

    Decanting: The wine needed some time to fully open up. We decanted it and followed it over roughly three hours. While it became a touch rounder and more open it lost a bit of intensity. My advice would be a short 30-60 minutes in the decanter.

  • Collector1855 wrote: 95 points

    December 2, 2021 - Interesting to compare the 1988 to the 1996 and 2005 side by side. You can see how the level of ripeness and body increases in each decade but the wine retains a certain strictness and classicism. The 1988 is fully mature with tertiary notes and noticeable pyrazines so make sure it goes with food. The 1996 was the winner tonight (the 2005 was corked) with an increased fruit level, yet still some youthful tannins. There is excellent aromatic complexity and length to these wines. Too bad that the prices of this have been pushed up by the Chateau, but the quality is there.

  • aquacongas wrote: 96 points

    October 24, 2021 - not blind, Magnum
    For this mediocre year in the left bank a really convincing Bordeaux. Soft ripe tannins with a good acidity structure. Close to his peak. A nice suprise. One day before a regular bottle was singing, too (other group). That was the reason the generous host opened this bottle. 96

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

    (La Mission Haut-brion La Mission Haut-brion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • 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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The World of Fine Wine

  • December 2008, Issue #22 (link)

    (Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/23/2008 (link)

    (Ch La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Library TV

  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 22 (2%)
  • In Cellars 887 (69%)
  • Consumed 377 (29%)

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