Sattes Purpur mit opaker Mitte und zartem lila Rand. Betörendes Bouquet mit frischgepflückten Brombeeren, Schattenmorellensaft und edler Cassiswürze. Im zweiten Ansatz zartes Veilchenparfüm, Lakritze und Brasiltabak. Am dicht verwobenen Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, herrlicher Extraktfülle, engmaschigem kakaoartigem Tanningerüst. Ein perfekt durchtrainierter Körper. Im konzentrierten, sehr langen Finale ein Korb mit schwarzen Johannisbeeren, Holundersaft und royaler Adstringens. Ein (fast) perfekter La Mission, der an der Höchstnote kratzt.
Composed of 48.6% Merlot, 43.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.2% Cabernet Franc, harvested from 7th to 29th September, the 2020 La Mission Haut-Brion has an alcohol of 14.7%. It needs considerable swirling and coaxing to reveal slowly emerging scents of freshly crushed blackcurrants, Morello cherries, wild blueberries and forest floor, leading to suggestions of violets, baker's chocolate and cardamom with wafts of dusty soil and oolong tea. The medium to full-bodied palate bursts with impactful, fresh red, black and blue fruit layers, supported by impressive freshness and fantastically ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing very long and fragrant. A stunning expression of this vintage!
The 2020 La Mission Haut-Brion was picked September 7–29. It has a very intense and beautifully defined bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry, wilted violet petals and hints of orange blossom. It unfolded with aeration as I examined it side-by-side against its neighbor over the course of an hour. The exquisitely balanced palate is lightly spiced on the entry and segues into a very structured midpalate that frames the weight of pixelated black fruit. That spicy theme continues and is exaggerated toward a finish that fans out wonderfully. This is a less alcoholic La Mission Haut-Brion compared to recent vintages, a bit "cooler" and streamlined, yet no less intense and satisfying. An enthralling wine in the making from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team.
Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, 67 rue Peybouquey, 33400 Talence, Frankreich/France