Château La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge
The color of La Mission Haut-Brion is very dark.
One can surmise by its depth that the wine is extremely dense.
The nose has great precision.
We find there the aromas of red fruit,earth, smoke, and liquorish.
With the evidence of this complexity in the mouth one notes
the first impression which is the surprising contrast between
the concentration of the wine and its smoothness.
It possesses an enveloping body, the tannins seeming almost creamy.
The wine expands taking a greater dimension
on the palate while seeming never ending.
The equilibrium of this wine is a great trait
of La Mission Haut-Brion 2005
where the intensity of the tannins is
counterbalanced by an extraordinary freshness.
2005 will remain in our memories as a historically dry year. This characteristic showed up already in winter when an important deficit of humidity was noted. In spite of a wet month in April, rain remained scares right up to the vendanges. All year long the temperatures stayed on the high side.2005 had climatic conditions very similar to the legendary vintage of 1949. Because of these elements the vines were able to produce small grapes of an extraordinary concentration; that would be harvested in a perfect condition.
A few figures
From August 31st to September 23rd
Merlot: 69 %
Cabernet Sauvignon: 30 %
Cabernet Franc: 1 %
From June 26th to July 2nd 2007