Jean-Philippe Delmas compares the 2019 to the 2000 with more density - "a 2000+!" The blend is 53% Merlot, 39.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.5% Cabernet Franc, with an estimated abv of 14.5%. We were unable to taste the 2019 before release this year.
| ||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 La Mission Haut-Brion was picked from 11 September until 2 October at 52hl/ha. It is deep purple in colour. It has a very intense, what you might call quite "serious" bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow, crushed iris petals and a light estuarine influence. It shows exquisite delineation and focus. The palate is stunning with intense black fruit laced with crushed stone, sea salt, black pepper and cedar, almost Pauillac in style. This La Mission is so pixelated with stupendous intensity. After four hours it closes up and appears cowed by the presence of the expressive Haut-Brion. Yet after 8 hours it is unquestionably showing greater structure and depth than the First Growth and, as such, despite its mercurial nature, I wager that ultimately this will become one of the wines of the vintage. Breathtaking. 2030 - 2080
|Score: 98/100||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
The 2019 La Mission Haut-Brion is composed of 53% Merlot, 39.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.5% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 11th of September to the 2nd of October. The estimated label alcohol degree is 14.5%. Very deep purple-black in color, it slowly unfurls in the glass to reveal a beguiling perfume of violets, Black Forest cake, wild blueberries and kirsch with nuances of star anise, cast-iron pan, pencil lead and crushed rocks plus a waft of wild sage. The full-bodied palate is densely laden with layers of black fruit, earth and floral-laced flavors, framed by exquisitely ripe, finely grained tannins and compelling freshness, finishing with great length and loads of mineral sparks. A wine of impeccable breeding, both decadently flamboyant and provocatively graceful, this is already a prodigious wine of indisputable beauty.
|Score: 98/100||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Flash), June 2020|
A tight and structured La Mission that takes you deep into the glass with super intensity and power. The tannins are omnipresent and envelop the palate. It’s full-bodied yet agile and complete. Iodine, sweet-tobacco and blackberry character. It seems never to finish. Another WOW wine that reminds me of some of the great classics of this estate, such as the 1955.
|Score: 99/100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020|
The 2019 La Mission Haut-Brion is a powerful, brooding wine done in a grand scale. Scorched earth, tar, licorice, gravel and dried flowers infuse the 2019 with striking depth and dimension. A wine of somber, brooding beauty, the 2019 is going to need the better part of a decade to start unwinding. Readers will find a La Mission of virile power and breadth.
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|