One of the wines of the vintage, the 2000 has barely budged in its evolution since it was bottled and released in 2002. After ten years in bottle, it still reveals a dense opaque purple color along with a potentially sensational bouquet of blueberries, black currants, graphite, asphalt and background oak. Extremely powerful, full-bodied and superbly concentrated with good acidity and high but round tannins, this massive La Mission-Haut-Brion should take its place among this estate’s most hallowed vintages when it hits full maturity in another one to two decades. I was surprised by just how youthful this wine tasted at age 12. If tasted blind, I would have guessed it to be around 4 to 5 years old. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050. ~100WA
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Medium bodied. Smoky. Strong tannin and pepper favour. Rich in minerals but not very fruity.
Lovely! So Graves, with tobacco to the fore, but dark brambles and cassis providing more than enough fruit to counterbalance. Some complexity with a decent, long finish. Improved 2 hours after decanting, which suggests there is a way to go.
Bordeaux at its best. Just a great provenance! Classic earthiness, mushrooms, and damp wood. Smooth, complex and aromatic. Even the second team plays really well at La Mission!