“The quintessential insider's wine,” according to Jancis Robinson is La Mission Haut Brion because of its foolish exclusion from the 1855 Classification.
Attention serious Bordeaux collectors: we have 5 bottles remaining in our temperature controlled warehouse of this 2000 La Mission Haut Brion. Perfection out of the barrel, and perfection out of the bottle: Robert Parker’s year-over-year reviews of the historic 100-point 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion chronicle “a legend in the making” that continues to fulfill its early promise as “one of the wines of the vintage.” Just as the La Mission began its time in barrique, Parker tasted “a prodigious effort” and “the most extraordinary La Mission made since the 1989.” More than a decade later, Parker noted the wine’s persistent youthfulness when he declared that it “should take its place among this estate’s most hallowed vintages when it hits full maturity.” After 17 years, this classic “quintessential insider's wine” is just getting started.
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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