Château La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge
Exuberant describes it best.
Its intense color stems from purplish violet.
Right from the first swirl one experiences an explosion
of diverse aromas with an impressive complexity.
One finds raspberries, blackberries, cigars, cedar, coffee,
and licorice – so many bewitching scents.
The mouth starts with an enveloping feeling of softness.
Then the wine expands and invades the senses.
From that moment on, the extremely mature tannins take over
illustrating the enormous concentration of this wine.
An amazing freshness carries this tannic mass, as a railroad train would –
chugging along the tracks, carrying it a long, long way to a finish of immeasurable length
on the palate. No stopping, no rest, the wine simply evolves with
every stage superbly managed from start to finish.
The 2006 vintage is the fruit of a very contrasted climate. During that year, the environmental conditions were changing in a very unusual manner, passing from one extreme to another, throughout the entire year. Fortunately, spring and summer were both in general hot and dry. One hundred seasonal workers laboring day after day for three full months allowed winemaker to wait patiently for the absolute peak of each variety of grape.
A few figures
From September 7th to 29th
Merlot: 59 %
Cabernet Sauvignon: 40%
Cabernet Franc: 1 %
From June 16th to 20th 2008