2019

Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc

Previously known as Château Laville Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion is a wine for the initiated. This dry white wine expresses all the distinctive features of a Graves wine, specific to Sémillon grown on these renowned terroirs.

tasting notes

This wine is a beautiful pale-yellow colour with green highlights.
At first, the bouquet is dominated by wonderfully ripe fruit,
yet not excessively so. Sémillon comes to the fore with aeration,
accompanied by hints of lime. Starts out broad-based and delicious on the palate,
becoming rich and full-bodied, underpinned by a discreet yet
efficient streak of acidity until the finish which appears to go on for an eternity…
This La Mission vintage undoubtedly has further surprises
in store that will be revealed after several years of ageing.

The weather

The winter of 2018-2019 was mild and dry. Cool temperatures in spring slowed down vine growth. Flowering took place in ideal conditions, without coulure (shot berries) nor millerandage (abnormal fruit set). Storm Miguel swept across the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region on the 7th of June, although our grapes were fortunately spared. Heavy, regular rainfall was conducive to vegetative growth, leading the vines to develop an impressive leaf canopy. The rain came to a sudden halt on the 22nd of June, and a series of successive heatwaves ensued. July was the third hottest in history after 2006 and 2013, with temperatures reaching a record-breaking 42°C on the 23rd. Fortunately, rain fell on the 26th, followed by cool nights in August, propitious to the synthesis of anthocyanins. Véraison (colour change) was slow but uninterrupted. September was marked by fine, dry and sunny conditions, interspersed by welcome rainfall. Thanks to this ideal spell of weather, all the grape varieties were harvested at peak ripeness and at a leisurely pace.

A few figures

  • Harvest Dates

    30 August to 10 September

  • Blend

    Sauvignon: 30.1%
    Sémillon: 69.9%

  • New barrels

    43%

  • Alcohol

    14%

  • Bottling date

    7 May 2020