Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château La Mission Haut-Brion, PESSAC-LÉOGNAN, Grand Cru Classé de Graves
Bordeaux Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc.
A kick of black fruit and confident spice right from the first nose, this is an intense and concentrated La Mission, tightly in control, not letting up from beginning to end. The pencil lead and bitter dark chocolate is layered in between the cassis notes in a way that makes you see the Cabernet influence although this is majority Merlot (once again - this is a character of the year, low yields of Cabernet mean Merlot is more featured in the blend than usual; but the intensity of the Cabernets mean that it still has an outsized influence on flavour profile). Grilled coffee beans overtake on the close of play, this is seductive and switches beautifully between the tannins pressing in on the palate and the juice expanding things outwards. This is the wine to go for in the Domaines Clarence Dillon stable this year. Harvest from 7th to 29th September. 98/100 Jane Anson, Decanter.
Drinking Window: 2030 - 2050