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June 16, 2016

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2015

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Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2015
100 Pts JS, 97-99 Pts WA

6×75 – £1,580 EP

and

La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion 2015
94-95 Pts JS, 91-93 Pts WA

12×75 – £630 EP
6×75 – £315 EP

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders, see below.

2015 En Primeur Expected Spring 2018 

This morning the long awaited La Mission Haut Brion has released, one if its finest ever, having been awarded a perfect 100 points from James Suckling, putting it on par with the 2010. Of it he says, ‘The purity in this wine is really mindblowing. So perfect.’ However, what he says next places the 2015 in the pantheon of legendary wine, ‘This will rank with the best ever from here including 1975 and 1929.’  It has also been awarded 97-99 points from Neal Martin, again a colossal score, putting it in line with 2005 and 2010: 2015 will rank as one of the great modern-day classics from this grand estate, another to add to that long list of magical La Missions.

Considering the 2015 La Mission Haut Brion is a perfect scoring future legend, the price today is excellent, released at £1,580 per case of six. This offers a 25% discount to the 2005 (£4,000) and 2010 (£4,000) and a 38% discount to the 2009 (£4,400), while the 100 point scoring 2000 changes hands at £5,500. We can conclude therefore that today’s release will be meet with fervent demand, in keeping with the spirit of en primeur and offering real investment value.
 

La Mission HB JS WA Price Release Price
2015 100 97-99 £3,160 £3,160
2014 94-95 95-97 £1,420 £1,420
2013 91-92 88-89 £1,150 £1,200
2012 94 97 £1,475 £1,680
2011 93 95 £1,380 £2,296
2010 100 98+ £4,000 £6,750
2009 98 100 £4,400 £6,150
2008 93 95 £1,350 £1,270
2007 N/A 92 £1,300 £1,950
2006 N/A 94 £1,575 £2,950
2005 99 98+ £4,000 £1,800
2004 N/A 90 £1,300 £580

 

 
On the left bank Pessac Leognon stands out, with its higher preponderance of Merlot. Chateau Haut Brion is a wine for the ages, as is La Mission Haut Brion. The outstanding quality of the vintage and their first wines means that La Chapelle Mission Haut Brion offers incredible quality in 2015. Its released at  £630 per case of 12 or or £315 per case of six. La Chapelle Mission Haut Brion embodies the characteristics of its perfect scoring first wine, displaying gorgeous white chocolate, tobacco and cassis. It has been awarded a superb 94-95 points from James Suckling and 91-93 from Neal Martin, making it in all likelihood the finest second wine ever from here. Stock Up!

La Mission Haut Brion has been owned by Domaine Clarence Dillon, owners of Haut Brion since 1974, however, despite the coming together of the two properties, Jean-Bernard and later Jean-Philippe Delmas, who oversaw the winemaking for both properties, managed to maintain La Mission’s unique identity that has led to its wines attracting much critical acclaim.

Situated close to the city of Bordeaux itself in the Pessac-Leognan region, La Mission sits on uniquely stony soil. The wine often displays rich, powerful and masculine flavours. The 2014 is a blend of 54% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 55% new oak, it exhibits blueberries, toast, smoke, black pepper with profound minerality and gripping tannins.

Also released and available:

  • Pavie 2015, 12x75cl, £2,650 – 100 Pts
  • Angelus 2015, 12x75cl, £2,650 – 99-100 Pts
  • Pichon Lalande 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 95-97 Pts
  • Palmer 2015, 12x75cl, £2,160 – 99-100 Pts
  • Lynch Bages 2015, 12x75cl, £870 – 95-96 Pts
  • Pichon Baron 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 96-98 Pts
  • Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2015, 12x75cl, £470 – 96-97 Pts
  • Duhart Milon 2015, 12x75cl, £500 -90-92 Pts

Click HERE for a review of the Bordeaux En Primeur 2015 Campaign to date

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2015

James Suckling, 100 Points
The purity in this wine is really mindblowing. So perfect. Licorice. Stone. Blackberry, blueberry. Full body. The power is amazing. But then it finishes etheral and so agile and beautiful. I am lost for words. This will rank with the best ever from here including 1975 and 1929. 58% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc. 

Neal Martin, 97-99 Points
The 2015 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 58% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 9 September and 1 October. Matured in 78% new oak, it has an incredibly pure bouquet with intense blueberry, blackberry, iodine and cold stone aromas that soar from the glass. There is nothing holding back here – a La Mission with real exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with incredible intensity in the mouth, but without any leaden weight. It is a startling La Mission Haut-Brion to behold at this early stage. It is one of those wines where as a professional critic, I had to adopt a poker face to hide the untrammeled joy this nascent wine imparts. Complete and profound, the 2015 will rank as one of the great modern-day classics from this grand estate, another to add to that long list of magical La Missions. 

La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion 2015

James Suckling, 94-95 Points
Very powerful and tannic yet salty and savory. Full body, dense and chewy yet polished and bright. Great second wine from La Mission. Only 30% merlot. 

Neal Martin, 91-93 Points
The 2015 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is a blend of 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 9 September until 1 October, harvested early to preserve the freshness of the Merlot and taking time to pick the Cabernet at optimal ripeness. The bouquet is tightly wound at the moment, but precise, revealing blackcurrant, cranberry and hints of marmalade scents with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite sturdy tannin on the entry that exert a firm grip, but there is more than enough fruit to back that all up. Touches of cedar and tobacco surface towards the second half and there is a sustained, chalky note on the finish that ensures that this a great deuxième vin.

To buy this wine please reply to this email or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability. 

En Primeur - Why buy through IG Wines:

  • We only work with the largest and best financed negociants in Bordeaux
  • We guarantee delivery of all wines purchased en primeur
  • We are owned one third by a large family office and very well-financed
  • Since our foundation in 2011 we have grown our client base to over 1,500 private clients in ten different countries

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders:

  • Bottles (12x75cl or 6x75cl) – No Charge
  • Halves (12×37.5cl or 24×37.5cl) – £12.00 per case
  • Magnums (6x150cl or 3x150cl) – £7.00 per case
  • Double Magnums (3 x 300cl) – £50.00 per case
  • Imperials (1 x 600cl) – £25.00 each