2008 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan (750ml)

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# FRMISS08AE
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Pessac-Leognan
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 95WA, 95WE, 93JS

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Like a lot of wines in this underrated vintage, the 2008 La Mission was one of the great bargains of recent vintages. Its healthy blue/purple color is followed by aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, licorice, truffles, underbrush and forest floor. The scorched earthy/smoky character of this estate’s terroir has not yet emerged. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated with good acidity, freshness and delineation, this is a big wine for the vintage, but also very classic in its balance of tannin, acidity and extract. It will benefit from another 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades. The final blend was 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 202 - Aug 2012)

Dark and concentrated, this is a powerhouse of flavors and dense tannins. It’s a wonderful combination of velvet texture and dry structure. Layered, complex, wood and spice already showing signs of integration, but certainly set for the long haul.

95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2011)

Fascinating aromas of crushed berry, plums, sweet tobacco and stones. Full bodied, with chewy and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is very structured and rich with a bright and tangy acidity. Needs time to come together, obviously. Try after 2015.

93 points, James Suckling (Dec 2010)