Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1981 (RP:90) / 1986





47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42.7% Merlot, 10.3% Merlot





Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion wine is definitely bewitching. It possesses a great intensity that will delight you with its complexity (a mixture if red fruits) and the signature of its terroir in its empyreumatic notes (Havana cigars, chocolates, roasting, cedar wood and so on). On the palate, the wine is spherical and generous without a trace of aggressiveness. It lengthens on silky tannins, making this wine so obvious that the taster succumbs to its charm.

Country of Origin:
Bordeaux, France

Grape Varieties:
47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42.7% Merlot, 10.3% Merlot

18 to 22 months, 80% new oak

Tasting Notes:
The 1981 exhibits a more youthful purple hue to its dark plum color than any vintage back to 1970. Somewhat narrowly constructed for a La Mission-Haut-Brion, it reveals plenty of incense, blueberry, black currant and crushed rock notes intertwined with a restrained, smoky character. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh and crisp with good concentration as well as a surprising youthfulness. However, the vintage’s deficiencies – a lack of heat and maturity – show up in the wine’s modest power and concentration. The 1981 does not possess the great richness, depth and intensity of the finest vintages, but it is still an outstanding effort that has aged extremely well. It could hold up for another two decades, but there is no point in deferring gratification.

The handsome colour has already evolved some. The tasting is marked by both the great softness at the base as well as notes or scent of rather heavy wild game. The whole has a beautiful harmony. Its rich aromas, its softness, its chunkiness make a particularly rich bottle with an aptitude to age well. This wine can be drunk as of now with much pleasure but will easily age well for another 10 to 20 years. Drink : now to 2020

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