Chateau La Mission Haut Brion   La Mission Haut Brion

1997 La Mission Haut Brion

By Chateau La Mission Haut Brion

1997 La Mission Haut Brion from Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The formidable 1997 La Mission Haut Brion from Chateau La Mission Haut Brion whispers the tale of a vineyard's fortitude amidst the nomenclature of Bordeaux's prestigious estates. The year was marked by variable conditions, which, in turn, carved out a distinctive profile for this venerated label.


The Inimitable Character of a Challenging Vintage

What sets the 1997 vintage apart is its capacity for surprise and delight against the backdrop of a challenging growing season. The spring frosts that year necessitated rigorous selection; thus, the harvest was a reliquary of the most resilient grapes. The result—a phantasmagoria of flavours; where others saw adversity, Chateau La Mission Haut Brion envisioned opportunity. The endeavour forged a wine with an intriguing tapestry of savoury complexity and refined tannic presence.


A Sensory Liaison with Time

Now in its maturity, the 1997 edition possesses a smoky bouquet, festooned with hints of leather and crushed autumnal leaves. The palate is replete with nuances of cigar box and truffles, elegantly twined around a core of mature blackcurrant fruit. Modelled by time's artisanal hand, these elements have assimilated into an ensemble captivating to the connoisseur's senses.

The investment potential nests within its singularity amongst vintages; it is a testament to precision in winemaking under Mother Nature’s caprice. This 1997 La Mission Haut Brion remains one for the astute collector, who values not just the reputation but also the resilience encoded within its essence.


Ennobled by Time, Endowed for Investment

In summation, this wine illustrates that within the constraints of a season's whims lies the potential for masterful expression. The 1997 La Mission Haut Brion from Chateau La Mission Haut Brion stands as a stoic narrative of adaptation, its unique profile enduring as both a testament to historical climatic challenges and an opportunity for discerning investment—a storied addition to any connoisseur's cache.

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This dark ruby/plum-colored wine offers a big, spicy, tobacco leaf, and black fruit-scented nose, lots of structure and tannin, good depth, medium body, and enough accessibility to be consumed now (although it will improve for 5-7 years and last for a dozen or more).

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #128

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