2016 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France 750ml

2016 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France 750ml

Beef and Venison
Standard Bottle (750 mL) 20 units available


Tasting notes
Arriving Fall 2019 "The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. 'We had to be patient and wait for each plot,' Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. 'It took longer than usual.' As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the 'gaff over the road' Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation. I thought that the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion flirted with perfection. The 2016 has that extra edge, a 'je ne sais quoi' that leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives."
Arriving Fall 2019 "Wonderful La Mission this year, graceful but with an unmistakable sense of controlled power. The wine just expands outwards and upwards in your mouth - insistent but terribly polite about it. It is deep and silky, shot through with coffee grounds, damson and soft cassis on a creamy mid-palate, utterly beautiful. There is a real energy and vitality here, with a caressing texture to the tannins and huge persistency on the finish. Dense, and yet so finessed that you could almost drink it today. Wow. The blend is 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon with a pH of 3.66, harvested between 19th September and 14th October."

Neal Martin Vinous Media 99 Points

The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion was stunning from barrel, and now in bottle. It has a sublime bouquet of blackberries, briar and hints of dark chocolate and rose petals that gain intensity with aeration while maintaining ethereal delineation. It never steps on the accelerator too hard. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is still a veneer of new oak that will need to be assimilated over the coming years. This is a deep La Mission that caresses the mouth. Touches of graphite lingering on a finish that fans out gloriously. Is the 2016 up there with the 1955 or 1989? Nearly.


Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion

Fine Wines International of San Francisco is delighted to announce that we're now buying wines directly from Chateaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. These exceptional wines have never left the cellars of the estate, until now. It is with great pleasure that we offer you a range of these extraordinary wines knowing their impeccable provenance.