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June 05, 2019

New Release – La Mission Haut Brion 2018, 12×75, £3,000, 98-100 Pts & La Chapelle 2018, 12×75, £700, 93-94 Pts

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This morning sees the release of La Mission Haut Brion 2018, a brilliant and exciting release and the best of the 2018 campaign so far. They have broken free and released 7% lower than the 2015′s release price and a huge 22% below the 2016′s release price. This fits with the original paradigm of en primeur, offering a huge incentive to buy on release. In fact this is a clever move, which should be applauded especially because it is one of the potential 100 point wines from Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate. She has awarded it 98-100 points describes the wine as having ‘seamless freshness, finishing incredibly long and fantastically multi-layered…an Extraordinary wine’. James Suckling awards it 97-98 points, describing it as ‘extremely long and fresh’. Jeb Dunnuck awards 97-99 points, commenting ‘it’s one sexy yet also seamless 2018 that does everything right’. 

As always, La Mission Haut Brion whose vineyards are adjacent to Haut Brion offer a similar quality at a large price reduction to the First Growths. In 2018 it outscores Haut Brion by a point and is one of six wines to be awarded 98-100 by The Wine Advocate. The release price today of £3,000 per case of 12, or £1,500 per case of six leaves money immediately on the table for collectors. The lowest end of the 2018′s bracket is 98 points, which equals the 2015 and 2016, which trade today at £3,350 and £3,850. This suggests a conservative upside of 18%. A score of 100 points, or even 99 or 99+ from The Wine Advocate would drive the price towards the 100 point scoring 2009 and 2005 which trade at £4,700 and £4,500, an upside of 55%. In any case the average trading price of a 98 or greater scoring La Mission Haut Brion is £4,150. This is one of the best en primeur releases we have seen since 2015, a sell out on the Place du Bordeaux and a wine which will see secondary market trade at immediately higher prices and intense trading as it comes to bottle. A must own wine for collectors, it is one of the finest La Mission Haut Brion’s ever and released at a large discount to comparable vintages.

La Mission Haut Brion WA JS Release Price POP
2018 98-100 97-98 £3,000 £3,000 158
2017 95-97 95-96 £2,760 £2,760 173
2016 98+ 97 £3,850 £3,850 208
2015 98 100 £3,160 £3,350 186
2014 95 96 £1,420 £1,600 107
2013 91 94 £1,200 £1,350 123
2012 96 94 £1,700 £1,850 116
2011 95 93 £2,300 £1,725 115
2010 98+ 100 £6,750 £4,600 249
2009 100 98 £6,150 £4,700 235
2008 95 93 £1,270 £1,850 123
2007 95 n/a £1,950 £1,700 113
2006 94 n/a £2,950 £1,880 134
2005 100 99 £1,800 £4,500 225

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.

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.

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