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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2003
Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2003
(search item no. 91240)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
James Suckling rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $239.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1983 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1966 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1964 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 9%Cabernet Franc

"The 2003 La Mission Haut-Brion is a large-scaled wine offering a distinctive bouquet of scorched earth, black cherry liqueur, and hints of blackberries, blueberries, graphite, and smoke. Ripe, heady, full-bodied, soft, and revealing considerable complexity, low acidity, and a broad, expansive mouthfeel, it should drink well in 2-3 years and last for two decades. Its 13% plus alcohol is normal for this hot year."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
94 Points

"Aromas of blackberry, tobacco and hints of oak. Full-bodied, with lots of silky and round tannins and a long finish. Lots going on here. Layered and powerful. Best after 2010."
Wine Spectator
94 Points

My Notes:

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About Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion:

In 1664, Madame de Lestonnac bequeathed the domaine of La Mission Haut-Brion to the Peres Lazaristes, a congregation founded by Saint Vincent de Paul. The "good fathers" worked to restore their property to its rightful worth. After them, the Chiapella family (owners in the 19th century) and Woltner family (owners between 1919 and 1983) never stopped improving the vineyard and modernizing the cellars. Since 1983, the Dillon family, already owner of Chateau Haut-Brion, continues the same policy under the presidency of H.R.H. Prince Robert of Luxembourg.