1982

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

AOP - Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOC)

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Description

1982 Château La Mission Haut-Brion,

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate:
A monumental wine, this historic La Mission-Haut-Brion was the last vintage made by the descendants of the Woltner family, who had owned this estate for decades prior to selling it to their neighbors, the Dillon family (the American owners of cross-street rival, Chateau Haut-Brion). The 1982 admirably demonstrates the magnificence of La Mission as well as the singularity of this amazing terroir. I had the good fortune of tasting it from barrel (where it was an enormous Graves fruit bomb) and watching it develop more nuances in bottle. At age 30, it remains a majestic, multidimensional, profound Bordeaux with another 20-30+ years of life ahead of it. It's no secret that the great vintages of Bordeaux have levels of fruit extract and depth that go beyond other years. It is this fruit, often referred to as "fat" or "concentration," that takes decades to dissipate and fade. As it does so, the extraordinary aromatic expression of the terroir asserts itself. Remarkably, the 1982 is still in late adolescence and has not yet reached its peak. Early in my career, much of my reputation was established on calling this vintage correctly, but I never in my wildest dreams thought the 1982s would mature as slowly and last as long as some seem capable of doing. One of the handful of perfect wines of the vintage, the La Mission still possesses a remarkably dense ruby/purple color with only a slight garnet and lightening at the edge. The fruit-dominated aromatics reveal lots of cassis, blueberry, scorched earth, black truffle, incense, graphite and high-class, unsmoked cigar tobacco-like notes. Still exhibiting remarkable concentration, enormous body, silky sweet tannin, and no perceptible acidity, the 1982 remains fresh, delineated and super-compelling. A massive La Mission made by the Dewravin family and their winemakers, all of whom were dismissed the following year when the estate was acquired by Haut-Brion, this modern day legend shows no signs of decline. In fact, it may not have yet reached its peak. Anticipated maturity: now-2060+.
August 2012

Product information

Category Wine
Color red
Taste Secco
Vintage 1982
Grape variety Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle size 0,75 l
Bottle cap Natural cork
Quality level AOP - Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOC)
Origin Bordeaux (FR)
Alcoholic content 14% vol
wein.sulfite Yes
CHF 1’420.00 CHF 1’893.33/Liter
incl. VAT (Plus shipping costs)

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Rating

  • robertParker 100

Produzent

  • Château La Mission Haut-Brion
  • Frankreich / Bordeaux
  • Rue Peybouquey 67
    33400 Talence