With vineyard plantings as early as 1540, Chateau La Mission Haut Brion has deep roots in the Pessac-Leognan subregion of Bordeaux. In the 1959 Graves Classification, it was given a Cru designate, the 2nd highest to First Growths.
The chateau is situated right next to their 1st growth neighbor, Chateau Haut Brion although both Chateaus have been owned by the Dillon Family since 1983. Each vintage, the two chateaus battle for bragging rights. Although Chateau Haut Brion wines are certified First Growths and fetch upwards of $1,000/btl, it is not uncommon to see Chateau La Mission’s wines scored higher in some vintages, having earned a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in six different vintages.
The 1996 is a Cabernet/Merlot Blend that has been perfectly cellared and stored since Day 1 and has remained in my private cellar stash for a long time now. It’s drinking great right now, with wonderful silky smooth, well-integrated tannins, a full-bodied slightly chewy mouthfeel and a really pleasantly, lengthy finish.
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