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2013 La Mission Haut Brion

By Chateau La Mission Haut Brion

2013 La Mission Haut Brion from Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The illustrious 2013 vintage from Chateau La Mission Haut Brion stands as a testament to the resilience of an exceptional terroir amidst the challenges posed by Mother Nature. Nestled in the Pessac-leognan enclave, this storied estate has once again demonstrated its prowess in coaxing elegance and vibrancy from a season that tested the mettle of even the most seasoned vintners.


An Odyssey Through Climatic Caprice

The narrative of 2013 in Bordeaux is one interlaced with climatic caprice, where early optimism was swiftly tempered by a damp and whimsical summer, casting a looming uncertainty over the harvest. Yet, fortitude and expertise prevailed at Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, culminating in a creation that captivates with its poise.

The 2013 La Mission Haut Brion reveals an intellectual bouquet—a harmonious mélange of red and black fruit overlaid with subtle hints of smoke and wet stone—hallmarks of the gravelly soils that nurture these venerable vines. The palate is assertive yet finely sculpted, displaying a judicious balance between acidity and tannins; an undeniable fidelity to both the varietal composition and the unique climatic conditions of the year.


Investment Potential Amidst Adversity

For connoisseurs and fine wine investors alike, the 2013 vintage from Chateau La Mission Haut Brion emerges as a compelling narrative. It showcases not only the winemaker's artistry but also an indomitable spirit certain to resonate through years of cellaring potential. Herein lies an opportunity for investors: a year marked by tenacity and surprise, sure to intrigue those who seek the nuanced tales told by such complex vintages.

In summation, the 2013 La Mission Haut Brion bestows upon us an opportunity to revel in the nuanced beauty coaxed from adversity. As it matures gracefully within your cellar, it promises to become not only a jewel within your investment portfolio but also a perennial topic amongst discerning palates that discern each sip for stories woven by time and terrains.

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A blend of 65% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between 24 September and 11 October, Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that they finished on a Sunday since the risk of botrytis was so high. The pH is 3.58 with 13.25% alcohol. The first sample at the beginning of primeur was not showing well, the second much better with blackberry, bay leaf and a seaweed scents that becomes increasingly intense. Overall the aromatic profile is not powerful but quite elegant, recalling some of the lighter vintages that I have tasted in the past. The palate is medium-bodied with noticeable acidity on the entry. There is a citric freshness here with lively red cherry and dark plum fruit laced with white pepper. It is a linear La Mission, perhaps missing the peacock-s tail on the finish but composed and refreshing in the mouth. Not a bad wine by a long stretch, but there are plenty of superior La Mission Haut-Brion wines produced in recent years. Tasted April 2014.

Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal


Its big sister, the 2013 La Mission Haut-Brion (65% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc) represents 3,000 cases. This very good to excellent 2013 exhibits a deep plum/ruby color as well as notes of subtle barbecue spice, black currants, incense and wet rocks. With good fruit on the attack, medium body and a short finish, it has the potential to be outstanding if it fleshes out. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #214 Aug 2014

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