2014 Chateau La Mission Haut BrionBlend from France
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- 98 Tim Atkin, MW
- 96 Neal Martin - Vinous Media
- 96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 95 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
- 95 Wine Enthusiast
- 94 Wine Spectator
98 Tim Atkin, MW
"One of the best young La Missions I have ever tasted, this is closer to the 2001 in terms of its blend than to the more Cabernet-dominated 2010. Silky, yet structured, with a shimmering mineral freshness, this is a thing of beauty. The tannins and oak integration are very fine, even at this early stage."
96 Neal Martin - Vinous Media
"The 2014 La Mission Haut-Brion has a sophisticated, very detailed bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow, cedar and graphite. This is very focused and yet at the same time quite controlled and discrete. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, cedar and touches of allspice. I love the depth of this wine and the gentle grip towards the finish. It knows not to push too hard in this growing season and that results in a very classy wine. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting."
96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"The typicity of La Mission is really here. Aromas of iodine, oyster shell, currants and orange peel are evident. Full-bodied, tight and tannic with a muscular and toned texture that holds the wine down at the moment, but it’s waiting to release its joy and true nature. Fine-grained."
95 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
"The 2014 Château La Mission Haut Brion is slightly more elegant and pretty compared to the richer, slightly more masculine Haut Brion. A blend of 54% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and a splash of Cabernet Franc, it shows a kiss of red fruits in its core of darker currants, smoke tobacco, scorched earth, vanilla bean, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied richness, impeccable balance, fine tannin, and a great, great finish, it’s a downright classy La Mission that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 20+."
95 Wine Enthusiast
"Richly endowed, the wine is beautifully concentrated. Still young it has considerable potential with its rich fruits and firm tannins. There is a strongly juicy aftertaste that brings in the freshness of the year. The wine will age well, and should not be drunk before 2026."
94 Wine Spectator
"Fleshy and very compact, with layers of dark fig, black currant paste and blackberry reduction still sorting themselves out. Sports a serious spine of tar while a well-roasted apple wood element forms the backdrop on the dense finish. The range and density set this apart. Should be rather long-lived for the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2030."
98 - Tim Atkin, MW
96 - Neal Martin - Vinous Media
96 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
95 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
95 - Wine Enthusiast
94 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Taste||currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger and vanilla|
|Nose||violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box|