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2012 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

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2012 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

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The sheltered, suburban vineyards of Château La Mission Haut-Brion, encroached upon by the growth of the city of Bordeaux, benefitted greatly from this shelter in 2012 as both Haut-Brion and La Mission, traditionally early ripening vineyards, were the standout wines in the region of a tricky vintage.

With a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, this year's blend created a unique La Mission that is truly a product of its vintage. With close to ten years bottle age, the wines are now entering their drinking window but will improve over the years. A First Growth in all but name and a star within the Cru Classes de Graves, Château La Mission Haut-Brion is considered the best wine in Bordeaux outside the 1855 classification system.


As for the 2012 La Mission Haut Brion, this wine (41% of the total production) continues to perform as it has for nearly a century. At first-growth levels of quality, this is a stunning wine that is full-bodied and very concentrated with notes of graphite, subtle charcoal embers, crème de cassis, blackberry and underlying subtle earthiness. The wine is full and powerful, rich and concentrated. And sure enough, the alcohol level tips the scales at 15% from a blend 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. This is a big, blockbuster La Mission Haut Brion that should age effortlessly for 30-40+ years. However, the tannins suggest that this wine should not be touched for another 5-6 years, as its one of the more backward of the 2012 Pessac-Léognans. Bravo! Drink 2020-2060. 97 Points. Robert Parker

Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting, the 2012 La Mission Haut-Brion showed brilliantly. It has an intense, floral bouquet with rose petals and strawberry preserve, hints of sous-bois and tobacco gently unfolding in the glass, gaining more earthiness as it aerates in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, broad and spicy with hints of bell pepper suggesting high quality Cabernet Franc. It fans out gloriously with a sustained tertiary finish that completes what is a wondrous La Mission Haut-Brion from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team. Tasted January 2012. 96 Points. Neal Martin

A wine that vibrates with life, generous, juicy, full of momentum and pulsing minerality, ripe red and black fruits, with orange peel, saffron, clove, sage, complex and studded with succulent appeal. Interesting to note the high alcohols, showing even as far back as 2012 its location in the thermal corridor of urban Bordeaux was having an impact, but they are well balanced, adding flesh to the texture rather than heat. 75% new oak. 96 PointsJane Anson

La Mission is even more impressive than its neighbour and stable mate, Haut-Brion, in
2012. The wine has the second highest proportion of Merlot ever (after 2005) reflecting the vintage conditions. You don't notice the high alcohol here because of the underlying acidity. Leafy, perfumed and complex with structured tannins, cassis, plum and blackberry fruit and remarkable freshness and length. One of the two best Left Bank reds in 2012.
Drink: 2020-45
97 PointsTim Atkin


With the dominate Merlot blend this wine will pair well with traditional Medoc pairings but also right bank too - all manner of meat based dishes will pair well including beef, duck, game and lamb.


The 2012 vintage was uneven from bud break, which was disturbed by a cool, wet month of April, to véraison which took place over a long period. Fortunately, the months of July and August were perfect: warm and dry.  The harvest for both red and white wines began under sunny skies. 2012 was a great vintage particularly for the vineyards of Pessac closest to Bordeaux.

The grapes were hand picked between the 19th September - 9th October from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines and matured in 74% new French oak for 20 months.


Once part of the beautiful countryside, now encapsulated by the growth of the city of Bordeaux, La Mission Haut Brion is now in within the confines of the Bordeaux suburb of Talence. La Mission, as it's known to wine lovers, is known as the First Growth that never was with it's neighbour Haut-Brion the only Chateau in the Graves admitted to the 1855 classification. Yet, La Mission vies for international prominence with its neighbour both for the scores of the critics and with its prices on the international market. In 1983, the current owners of Haut Brion purchased La Mission Haut Brion and today; it is Jean Philippe Delmas who's responsible for this property.


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The wine should be stored over the longer term at 16-18c. We recommend this wine be brought up to around 16c for service. This temperature more closely resembles cellar conditions and allows the wine to be lifted and have freshness. For such a young wine, if it were served today we would recommend a few hours in a young wine decanter.


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2012 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Wine Card
Wine Producer Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Wine Region Bordeaux
Wine Classification Pessac Leognan AOC
Wine Type Red
Grape Variety 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2012
Vintage Quality Outstanding - Parker
Maturity Drinking Today - Will Improve
Body Mid-Full Bodied
Sweetness Dry
Alcohol % 15%
Bottle Type Bordeaux 75cl
Serving Temperature 16-18°C
Food Pairing Roast Lamb
Awards 97 Points - Robert Parker
96 Points - Jane Anson
96 Points - Neal Martin
94 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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