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Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Graves 1978 (1x 750ml), Bordeaux

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0028-2476615

Part of Sale: Finest International Wines - Featuring Petrus 1982

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Château la Mission Haut-Brion is a Bordeaux wine from the Pessac-Léognan appellation, classed among the Crus Classés in the Graves classification of 1953. The winery, located in close vicinity of the city of Bordeaux, belongs to the wine region Graves, in the commune of Talence with additional property in Pessac.

The château also produces a second wine from younger vines, La Chapelle de la Mission, since the 1991 vintage,[1] and the dry white wine Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc since the merger of Château Laville Haut-Brion.


Expert Reviews

94 Points. Tom Cannavan

Dark, plumskin and bitter black chocolate character, with that smoky, schisty quality coming through. Cedar and incense in the background. On the palate very tight and racy, with delightfully savoury acidity and still crisply defined by tannins.

Tasted: 1-Jan-2008

Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider

Tasted: 10-Jul-2015

96 Points. Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

When to drink: 2012 to 2032

Tasted: 31-Aug-2012

Grape Style
Other Red Blends

Winery Profile

Pessac-Leognan A.C., Cru Classé de Graves

This is one of those Bordeaux properties which, by a show of hands and shouts of `aye`, could be promoted to First Growth one day. The wines are powerful - sometimes almost bullying and hectoring by nature - but, unlike those of its neighbour Chateau Haut-Brion, rarely seductive, and rarely with that lovely, ruminative flavour-memory which over blockbusters like Chateau Latour and Petrus always have.

The strength of these wines lies in a dark-plums-and-chocolate fruit braised with an earthy dryness which rarely opens out before ten years and often needs 20 or more to achieve its memorable tangle of tobacco, cedar and herb garden perfumes. Since 1983 it has been under the same ownership and management as Chateau Haut-Brion but the two estates have kept their own identities.

Surrounded by the Bordeaux suburbs, La Mission's 29 ha of vines are sliced through by the Bordeaux Arcachon main railway line.

In 2009 the white Chateau Laville Haut-Brion, a Graves Classed Growth and one of Bordeaux's top whites, was renamed La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. Laville was a neighbouring estate of 2.5 ha of vines producing whites only and also owned by the American Dillon family, along with Chateau Haut-Brion. Unlike most other Pessac-Leognan whites which have a heavy percentage of Sauvignon Blanc, Laville places an emphasis of Semillon which accounts for 70% of the vineyard. This grape and an average vine age of over 50 years gives the wine an amazing aging potential as well as plenty of waxy, mouthfilling flesh and a rich, beeswaxy, honeyed boutquet. This bouquet is initially masked by the effect of 50% new oak, but after ten years or so it simply sweeps aside the oak to proudly dominate the wine.

Second Wine: La chapelle de la Mission-Haut-Brion

Best Years (reds): 2010, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01, 00, 98, 96, 95, 94, 90, 89, 88, 85.

(whites): 2010, 09, (as Ch. Laville Haut-Brion) 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01, 00, 96, 95, 94, 93, 90, 89.

View Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion website


Bidding History

Bidding Details Bid Time Bid Price Bid Qty Win Qty
H.D - Gawler SA22/10/2019 8.28.47 PM AEDTAU $264 11
S.C - Waverton NSW22/10/2019 8.25.32 PM AEDTAU $239 10
C.K - Rocklea QLD22/10/2019 5.13.44 PM AEDTAU $234 10
g.b - rozelle NSW22/10/2019 8.18.32 PM AEDTAU $214 10
c.l - Parkside SA22/10/2019 6.48.51 PM AEDTAU $209 10
T.T - Carlingford NSW22/10/2019 4.43.06 PM AEDTAU $179 10
J.H - Stirling SA22/10/2019 4.26.28 PM AEDTAU $174 10
R.D - Cumberland Park SA22/10/2019 2.13.51 PM AEDTAU $144 10
P.S - Portsea VIC21/10/2019 6.37.04 PM AEDTAU $119 10
D.J - St Kilda VIC21/10/2019 3.44.03 PM AEDTAU $114 10
D.Y - Watson ACT20/10/2019 12.17.26 PM AEDTAU $104 10
D.C - Pagewood NSW17/10/2019 12.39.59 PM AEDTAU $64 10
a.s - Malvern East VIC17/10/2019 8.49.20 AM AEDTAU $44 10
S.O - Pokolbin NSW16/10/2019 11.05.25 PM AEDTAU $39 10
M.D - HAWTHORN VIC16/10/2019 10.06.21 PM AEDTAU $34 10
f.C - Sydney NSW16/10/2019 8.34.18 AM AEDTAU $24 10
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V.T - sunshine west VIC15/10/2019 10.32.10 PM AEDTAU $9 10
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