Château La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge
It has a good color that so far has not evolved overly much.
The nose, slightly closed right now, gives a rather linear
impression of firm, hard fruit lacking richness.
In the mouth the wine divulges more than did the
nose as its complexity surges to the forefront.
The finale evolves slowly and finishes slightly abruptly on
notes of cigar, cedar wood and rather dry blackcurrant.
This wine merits several years of supplementary
ageing as it does have a very good structure.
As in 1993, this vintage is characterized by its early ripening due to the very mild winter. A quite cold and humid spring slowed down the vegetation a little. Summer was hot with several thunderstorms. The evenness of the flowering was also evident during the ripening. Some Rainfall in September accelerated the picking of a generally sound and well-ripened harvest.
A few figures
From September 12th to 24th
Merlot: 57 %
Cabernet Sauvignon: 42%
Cabernet Franc : 1%.
From June 20th to July 5th 1996