2nd wine of La Mission Haut Brion. 2009 was a great vintage and this wine is starting to drink now! :) In our opinion La Mission Haut Brion, alongside, Leoville Las Cases would be promoted to 1st Growth if there is ever going to be a reclassification of the 1855 classification.
It's not easy to find this 2009 vintage now so don't miss this. Limited availability.
'There are approximately 2,000 cases of the 2009 La Chapelle de La Mission, the best one I have ever tasted. A blend of nearly equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Cabernet Franc added in, it achieved 14.2% natural alcohol. The wine is a remarkable effort, with amazing density, extraordinary fruit quality, dense purple color with meaty notes alongside subtle barbecue smoke, camphor, black currant, sweet cherry, and blackberry. It has a lush, opulent texture, loads of glycerin, and admirable purity and length. I could have drunk a bottle or two just tasting it from the barrel! It should evolve for 10-15 or more years. (Tasted two times.)
Harvest started around September 9 at La Mission Haut-Brion, and finished almost a month later, on October 6. To get an idea of just how extraordinary all the wines from the Dillon family are in 2009, just consider how phenomenal the second wines are.' Robert Parker 91-94*
Robert Parker added an asterisk to this wine score to signify that it is a wine he considers has the finest potential of all the offerings he has ever tasted from this estate in nearly 32 years of barrel tasting samples in Bordeaux.
Food Pairing: Rack of lamb or ribeye (a USDA prime would be nice - the fresh and juicy fruits of the wine will cut through the rich flavours and fats).
Variety: Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend
Region: Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux