Collector Series: Profile 2006 La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan
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“The long-time cross-street rival of 1st Growth Chateau Haut-Brion has, since 1983, been under the same ownership/administration. Fears that the wine would change and become nothing more than the second wine of Haut-Brion have proven to be without merit. What is still evident is that La Mission Haut-Brion is a wine of first-growth quality, and its pricing policy reflects that. This is a great estate producing large-scaled, dense reds that represent the quintessential, full bodied, scorched-earth Graves syle. Moreover, the wines possess legendary aging potential. It is unquestionably one of the world’s most sigular and distinctive wines. In essence, life is too short not to drink La Mission Haut-Brion.”
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“Beginning life as part of neighboring Chateau Haut-Brion, the estate was sold in 1630 to the Lazarites, a priestly community founded by St. Vincent de Paul. The wine they produced established a formidable reputation and provided finacial support for the Mission’s pastoral work among society’s poor. The French Revolution destroyed the ecclesiastical connection, but the property was lucky in its subsequent owners, who combined viticultural savvy with commercial bullishness. After World War I, the estate was aquired by the Woltner family, whose scion Henri established the chateau’s latter-day reputation.”
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Vintage 2006 by La Mission Haut-Brion: The 2006 vintage is the fruit of a very contrasted climate. During that year, the environmental conditions were changing in a very unusual manner, passing from one extreme to another, throughout the entire year right up until the end of the grape harvest. Fortunately, within this strange context spring and summer were both, in general, hot and dry. One hundred seasonal workers, laboring day after day for three full months (early leaf thinning at the end of June, a green harvest and then a secondary leaf thinning), allowed the wine-maker to wait patiently for the absolute peak of each grape variety on every parcel of the vineyard. Thanks to this great work, as well as a very meticulous sorting process, the fermentation vats were filled with a homogenous collection of perfectly healthy, fully-ripe berries.
2006 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion $699.99* (750ml)
Case Price (10% Off) $7,559.89*/$629.99* bottle
Robert Parker 94 Points A somewhat under-the-radar La Mission, the 2006 was generally overlooked following the brilliance of the 2005. A young, dense purple-hued wine that is developing beautifully, it exhibits notes of Asian plum sauce, charcoal, barbecue smoke, roasted meats, graphite and background oak. Full-bodied with good acidity, moderate tannin and a vigorous, powerful youthfulness, the 2006 will age more quickly than the 2005, but it still requires another 5-8 years of cellaring. Anticipated Maturity: 2014-2035.
Wine Spectator 95 Points Almost jammy, with vanilla bean and coffee undertones. Full-bodied and very powerful, with big, juicy tannins and a long finish. Very big and generous for the vintage, showing exceptional quality. Best after 2015. 6,000 cases made.
Individual bottle purchases are welcome.