CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ESTATE & THE CUVÉE
Estate: Château La Mission Haut Brion
Classification: Cru Classé de Graves
Owner: Domaines Clarence Dillon
Area: 20 ha
Production: 80,000 bottles
Grape varieties: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 7% Cabernet franc
ABOUT THE DOMAIN
Château La Mission Haut Brion has a fascinating history dating back to the 16th century. Under the ownership of the Lestonnac family until the death of Olive de Lestonnac in 1664, it was then bequeathed to the community of Lazarist brothers, founded by Saint Vincent de Paul. But the French Revolution changed the course of things, and the estate was confiscated and sold at auction in 1792. After several owners over the years, it was bought by Frédéric Otto Woltner in 1919, a visionary merchant who introduced innovations such as vitrified steel fermentation tanks. In 1983, the Dillon family, already owners of Château Haut Brion, acquired the estate. Despite their proximity, the two châteaux produce distinct wines: the power of the Mission contrasts with the finesse of Haut Brion. More information is available on the official website of Château la Mission Haut-Brion.
ABOUT THE CUVÉE
The wine of Château La Mission Haut-Brion is renowned for being one of the oldest and most admired Grands Crus Classés of Bordeaux. Its blend rich in Merlot, complemented by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, promises exceptional longevity. These grape varieties find their optimal expression on the serious soils characteristic of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. After manual harvesting and careful sorting, the berries are destemmed to extract only the best from the fruit and the terroir. Careful fermentation and aging in barrels of a wine for about a year and a half give this wine its complexity. The tasting reveals intense nuances of black fruits, tobacco, precious wood and sweet spices. On the palate, the tannins are velvety and linger for a long time, making this wine a true icon of the appellation.