Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 1995

Yes, I did attend a particularly good tasting.  Sandwiched between two Granges (reviewed here) was this not so humble 1995 La Mission Haut-Brion from Pessac-Léognan.  I sometimes get confused with some of the wines with Haut-Brion in the name – be it prefixes of Larrivet, La Chapelle de, Les Carmes or Bahans – but La Mission Haut-Brion is a famous estate in its own right, and while it hardly needs saying, is also owned by the proprietors of legendary first growth and neighbour, Chateau Haut-Brion.

I rate highly the wines of Pessac-Léognan, particularly on price/quality grounds.  This however is the pinnacle and so prices are stratospheric.  Fortunately, the wine is equally outstanding.  Its aromatics are powerful with distinctive reminders of clove, tobacco, blackcurrants, pencil lead and peppercorns.  The palate has long length, very long length in fact, and continues the blackcurrant and pencil lead characters.  An outstanding wine in both name and in the glass.


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