Château-La-Mission-Haut-Brion Pessac Léognan 2008 750ml

Château-La-Mission-Haut-Brion Pessac Léognan 2008

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Resplendent color of intense red. Complex nose of ripe red fruit accompanied by familiar accents typical of this great estate. This "grand vin" at first somewhat closed on the palate, slowly opens to reveal a great length and finesse of ripe fruit. The dense tannins mesh beautifully. A very fine La Mission Haut- Brion.
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Like a lot of wines in this underrated vintage, the 2008 La Mission was one of the great bargains of recent vintages. Its healthy blue/purple color is followed by aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, licorice, truffles, underbrush and forest floor. The scorched earthy/smoky character of this estate's terroir has not yet emerged. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated with good acidity, freshness and delineation, this is a big wine for the vintage, but also very classic in its balance of tannin, acidity and extract. It will benefit from another 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades. The final blend was 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

Robert Parker, August 2012
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Dark and concentrated, this is a powerhouse of flavors and dense tannins. It's a wonderful combination of velvet texture and dry structure. Layered, complex, wood and spice already showing signs of integration, but certainly set for the long haul.

Roger Voss, April 1, 2011
Wine Spectator
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Tangy and lightly firm, with cherry pit, pomegranate and blackberry notes, followed by sage and tobacco. There's nice focus, with a tarry hint for added length on the finish. Rather tight now, with the edgy feel holding sway, but this should settle into itself nicely enough. Best from 2013 through 2018. 5,300 cases made.

James Molesworth, April 30, 2011