“The quintessential insider's wine,” according to Jancis Robinson is La Mission Haut Brion because of its foolish exclusion from the 1855 Classification.
La Mission Haut Brion exemplifies quality and some critics consider it the “Sixth First Growth,” and not only did it outscore its neighbor Haut-Brion in 2000, but its eight 100-point Parker scores have been bested in Bordeaux only by Château Petrus.
Staunch traditionalists might adhere to what Robert Parker calls the “rigid hierarchy” of the 1855 Bordeaux classification, but over the last century and a half, a slightly-altered pecking order has emerged. That’s why two of the world’s greatest authorities on Bordeaux — Parker himself and the Liv-ex Fine Wine Market — agree: Château La Mission Haut-Brion is one of the First Growths of Bordeaux. Jancis Robinson has even called it “the quintessential insider's wine.”
La Mission doesn’t just share a name with famed Château Haut-Brion — it also shares its proprietor. Since being acquired by the Dillon family in 1983, La Mission has competed fiercely with its legendary neighbor for supremacy in Pessac-Léognan, as evidenced by the prices it commands and the critical acclaim it inspires. This is a serious collector’s wine for those in the know — ready for three more decades in the cellar — from a château that Robert Parker says has delivered him “as much hedonistic and intellectual pleasure as any other wine in the world."
other vintages : 1999 : 3 1998 : 4 1997 : 2 1996 : 3 1995 : 3 general note : 19 / 20
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