Château La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge
This wine has a very rich purple hue, deep and dense.
The first whiff emphasizes the scent of the
already assimilated woody element.
One notes a touch of the bitter sweetness of
licorice combined with blackberries,
blackcurrants and mulberries. In the mouth one finds an evident
harmony which is divulging its structure bit by bit.
There is softness with firmness. The vanilla extract slowly oozes
from its bean as the succession
of flavors meld and contribute to the complexity of the ripetannin.
Finally the aroma of truffle emerges alongside the
nuances of licorice and tobacco so typical in this wine.
Such complexity along with this sort of tannin is
characteristic of great wines of La Mission.
The weather conditions this year were very similar to the ones in 2000. The really hot weather in July (7 days were above 30 degrees) and in August (12 days were above 30 degrees), was very noteworthy. Other than two days of heavy rain, it did not rain very much between July 20th and September 20th. As a result the grapes matured slowly but perfectly. During the picking the weather was extremely mild and generally hot and dry with the exception of two days of heavy rain on September 22nd and October 3rd. We did not harvest during those two days.
A few figures
From September 17rd to October 6th
Merlot: 62 %
Cabernet Sauvignon: 35%
Cabernet Franc: 3%.
From July 4th to 10th 2003