2005 La Mission Haut Brion

- 750 ml
100
RP
Availability: In Stock
$659.00
Availability: In stock
Product ID
32290-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

The 2005 La Mission Haut-Brion is pure perfection. It has an absolutely extraordinary nose of sweet blackberries, cassis and spring flowers with some underlying minerality, a full-bodied mouthfeel, gorgeously velvety tannins (which is unusual in this vintage) and a long, textured, multi-layered finish that must last 50+ seconds. This is a fabulous wine and a great effort from this hallowed terroir. Drink this modern-day legend over the next 30+ years. Only 5,500 cases were produced of this blend of 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 100 RP
This is very rich and layered for La Mission with ultra-polished tannins yet velvety and beautiful in texture. It's fully-bodied and full of character that shows plums, berries, wet earth and oyster shell flavors that are so unique to reds from this estate. Superb quality. Better to drink this in 2020 but try now to feel the greatness.

James Suckling | 99 JS
A glorious vintage of La Mission, this young wine buzzes with energy in the mouth. All of the flavors, whether herbal, earthy or vinous, seem to refer back to the tiny pebbles of this terroir. The texture is silken, the finish exclamatory and grand. It has a racy beauty, the kind of effortless strength Nureyev's choreography projects in Le Corsaire. One of the wines of the vintage, this has a high proportion of merlot in the blend (69 percent). It's more accessible than Haut-Brion, but still has the stamina for long-term aging. Diageo Château & Estate Wines, NY

Wine & Spirits | 97 W&S
Dark and dense, but with such opulent fruit, this is a year when La Mission shows its softer, richer side by comparison with neighbor Haut-Brion. There is spice and exotic and generous red fruits to give with the concentration. It has great power, but it also has a velvet structure.

Wine Enthusiast | 97 WE
The Indian spices and blackberry on the nose are so enticing and inspiring, leading to a full-bodied palate, with very polished tannins that caress. Goes on and on as this builds on the palate, with a mineral and berry aftertaste. For long-term aging. Best after 2015. 5,665 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 97 WS
(69% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 1% cabernet franc) Full ruby. Very primary aromas of black fruits and menthol. Explosive on entry, then sweeter in the middle palate than the nose suggests, no doubt due in part to the high merlot percentage. Comes across today as less dense than Haut-Brion but with a compelling silky sweetness and a tangy balance of sugars and acids. With time in the glass, notes of blueberry and scorched earth emerged. Finishes with firm tannins and terrific lift. In 2005, this wine actually has a lower IPT than Haut-Brion (73, vs. 76), while in vintage 2003 La Mission was higher (77, vs. 72).

Vinous Media | 96 VM

Sokolin 2005 La Mission Haut Brion Tasting Notes:

As close to perfection as you can get, the 2005 vintage of La Mission Haut Brion is an absolute showstopper, earning perfect scores from several critics. A full-bodied, potent wine, it brings very smooth tannins and excellent mouthfeel to the mix, emphasizing its gorgeous aromatics and seductive flavor profile. Blackberries, cassis and spring flowers create a fragrant, playful combination, and the texture doesn't lag behind. The terroir expression is simply wonderful, as the land speaks to you in a primal, commanding language.

The wine is set to age magnificently over the next three or so decades. This means you can uncork it at any point in the near or far future and get an immersive, mouth-watering drinking experience. If you've got an entrepreneurial spirit, these bottles are worth investing in, since their quality is expected to grow to astronomic levels. It's an unmistakable titan in the making, so get in while you can, as not too many batches were produced.
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Availability In Stock
Vintage 2005
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer La Mission Haut Brion: With roots that date back to the 16th century, Chateau La Mission Haut Brion has a lot of history under its proverbial belt. This historical aspect shines through very clearly in their wines, as does the compelling terroir they have the privilege of working with. The wines are powerful but elegant, never taking a single wrong step as they dance on top of your tastebuds. Drink deep and immerse yourself in an aromatic cocktail of ripe fruit, embers, smoke, and tobacco (if you chose a red wine) or get overwhelmed by a tidal wave of oceanic notes, honeysuckle and tropical fruit (if you chose white). Wines like these leave a lasting impression, and can singlehandedly change the way you think of wine as a whole.
Rating 100 RP
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
OWC No
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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