2009 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion

Year: 2009
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 97+
James Suckling: 95-96
Wine Enthusiast: 97--Jeff Leve: 97
Red Wine

DUE IN: SEPT. 2018

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"This is forcefully rendered, with dark tar, espresso and chocolate up front, backed by dense layers of fig sauce, currant reduction and smoldering black tea leaves. There’s dense flesh and great drive on the finish, which has serious grip. Best from 2016 through 2035." (WS)

"A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2009 La Mission-Haut-Brion stood out as one of the most exceptional young wines I had ever tasted from barrel, and its greatness has been confirmed in the bottle. A remarkable effort from the Dillon family, this is another large-scaled La Mission that tips the scales at 15% alcohol. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (47% of each) and the rest Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a magnificent bouquet of truffles, scorched earth, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, subtle smoke and spring flowers. The wine's remarkable concentration offers up an unctuous/viscous texture, a skyscraper-like mouthfeel, sweet, sumptuous, nearly over-the-top flavors and massive density. Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime La Mission-Haut-Brion, the 2009 will take its place alongside the many great wines made here since the early 1920s. The good news is that there are nearly 6,000 cases of the 2009. It should last for 50-75+ years. Given the wine's unctuosity and sweetness of the tannin, I would have no problem drinking it in about 5-6 years. " (WA)

"Bright, deep ruby. Brooding, complex cabernet sauvignon-dominated nose of uncommon depth, offering notes of cassis, cigar box, minerals, cedar and dry herbs. Extremely pure and fresh, with massive but still totally unevolved flavors of blackcurrant, dark plum and minerals. I love this wine's impeccable balance and smooth, tactile finish. A monumental La Mission with outstanding persistence. " (VM)

"This wine is dense and rich, with a beautiful purity of fruit. Cassis and blueberries, minerals, stones, and flowers all develop in the glass. Full and silky with lots going on. Tight and structured. Barrel sample." (JS)

"Such a generous and ripe wine, with a dark core of tannins surrounded by opulent fruit. Black fruits, coffee, very concentrated flavors, a powerhouse of structure and richness. The warmth of the wine is palpable, as is the aging potential. -R.V. (2/1/2012)" (WE)

"2009 La Mission Haut Brion, a blend of 47% cabernet sauvignon, 47% merlot, and 6% cabernet franc, offers dark purple color along with floral, smoke, cassis, earth and plum liqueur aromatics. Full bodied and filled with dense, sweet, mouth filling fruit, the wine is balanced and pure. The velvet textured finish has blackberry, smoke, and chocolate flavors. Although the wine reached a whopping 14.7 alcohol level, it has no sensation of heat. As a comparison, in 1989 La Mission Haut Brion reached 13% alcohol with the help of chapitalization. The pH in 1989 was 4.0, and 3.85 in 2009. Yet with a very high pH, the wine displays ample freshness." (JL)

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