Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2003

Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

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Item No. 91240
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS94
  • JS94
  • RP93
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2007
  • RP94
  • WE93
  • ST92
  • 1994
  • RP92
  • 1983
  • WS93
  • RP90
  • 1964
  • WS91
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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

Critical Acclaim

"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. "
94 Points

"Very ripe Cabernet aromas in this, with hints of sweet tobacco, wood, and cigar box. Full bodied, with wonderful fruit and a firm finish. Tight, and not giving as much as it has now. Pull the cork after 2013. Find the wine."
94 Points

"The 2003 La Mission Haut-Brion shows more creme de cassis, plenty of cedar wood, melted licorice and charcoal in a medium to full-bodied wine. It is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. Rustic tannins in the back knock down the ultimate pleasure, and the point score, ever so slightly, but there’s no doubting the complex, perfumey, noble aromatics this wine has managed to attain despite the staggering heat and drought in June, July and August. This has reached full maturity, but should hold nicely for another 7-10 years. "
93 Points

"Medium red-ruby. Raspberry, smoked meat and truffle on the nose, with a slightly liqueur-like ripeness. Dense, fat and seamless; unusually soft and lush for a young La Mission, with compelling sweetness. But there are also huge, ripe tannins underneath. Finishes very sweet, suave and long. "
93 Points

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Learn About Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Pessac-Leognan

(PEH-sak lay-ohn-yawn) One of the top appellations within Graves, Pessac-Leognan is home to the only Graves chateau listed as a first growth in the 1855 Medoc classification - Chateau Haut-Brion. In fact, praise for the chateau dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when, upon visiting the chateau in 1787, he bought 125 bottles for his cellar in Virginia. Notable Facts The...

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Winemaker's Notes Dense, rich powerful and concentrated. A bouquet of mineral scents, cassis and black currants and earthy, smoky scents. ...
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