The 2015 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 58% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 9 September and 1 October. Matured in 78% new oak, it has an incredibly pure bouquet with intense blueberry, blackberry, iodine and cold stone aromas that soar from the glass. There is nothing holding back here - a La Mission with real exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with incredible intensity in the mouth, but without any leaden weight. It is a startling La Mission Haut-Brion to behold at this early stage. It is one of those wines where as a professional critic, I had to adopt a poker face to hide the untrammeled joy this nascent wine imparts. Complete and profound, the 2015 will rank as one of the great modern-day classics from this grand estate, another to add to that long list of magical La Missions. Drink 2030-2070.
|Score: 97/99||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Rose petals, sandalwood and currants with some plums and fruit tea. Full-bodied, tight and focused. Incredibly straight and minerally. Toned muscles here. Tannic. Traditional and unwavering. Try in 2024.
|Score: 100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
The purity in this wine is really mindblowing. So perfect. Licorice. Stone. Blackberry, blueberry. Full body. The power is amazing. But then it finishes etheral and so agile and beautiful. I am lost for words. This will rank with the best ever from here including 1975 and 1929. 58% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc.
|Score: 100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
In 2015, La Mission Haut-Brion is translucent and deeply expressive to the core. Remarkably polished for such a young wine, the 2015 also handles its 15% alcohol with grace. Smoke, graphite, tar, leather and incense, the 2015 exudes intensity allied to freshness, a combination that makes it virtually irresistible in my book. The 2015 is also remarkably nuanced for such a big wine, but it has tremendous persistence in all directions. Scents of rose petal, mint, red cherry and pomegranate meld into the voluptuous finish. Tasted two times.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
The nose seems quite light fragrant and fresh yet the palate has hidden depth a brooding mix of black cherry and cassis. Chocolate richness in the middle fleshy and ripe, sumptuous yet there is balance between richness and freshness. Sweet ripe black fruits at the back depth of flavour yet the finish is lighter brighter long and elegant.
|Score: 94/97||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Marking a huge contrast with the cooler, more graceful 2014 (which I prefer), this is a
muscular, even monumental red: tannic, concentrated and a little pruney. It teeters on the
edge of excess, but it is pulled back by its acidity. I will watch how it ages with interest.
|Score: 95||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
More opulent, sexy and concentrated, the 2015 La Mission Haut Brion is a tour de force that has everything you could want from Bordeaux. A huge nose of smoke tobacco, gravelly earth, graphite, cassis, and blackcurrants gives way to a full-bodied, concentrated, perfectly balanced beauty that has incredible depth of flavor and intensity, yet with no weight. While the overall impression is upfront and in your face, it has incredible elegance and length on the finish (as well as ripe tannin), and will keep for three decades. 2018 - 2048
|Score: 98||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Very dark and glamorous-looking. Fairly dumb nose but obviously great weight and intensity. A big brooding monster! Massive charge of tannins. Big and pretty alcoholic on the end. Not very communicative at the moment. Lots of palate-tanning tannins. After a while in the glass, a whiff of cordite emerged. Sorcery?! 15.1%
|Score: 18.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
Frequently the qualitative equal of sister-Chateau Haut Brion and in some years even better. The historic La Tour Haut Brion vineyard has been incorporated into La Mission now but most of the fruit is relegated to the 2nd label - La Chapelle de la Mission. La Mission's production levels are now smaller than ever and, more than ever, it can be seen as an 'honorary' First Growth. There are normally around 5000 cases produced annually. The vineyard is planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot. The 2015 is 58% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc and has a huge 15.1 degrees of alcohol. Deep ruby colour in the glass. Smoky bacon and tobacco sit beneath a nose of brambly black fruit on the nose. This is an exotic, heady and ripe nose. The palate is concentrated, ripe and hedonistic with oodles of ripe cassis fruit and a little damson resting on a bed of smoking charcoal and cedar. The mouthfilling intensity of fruit has thick, ripe tannins that coat the palate with structure. This is a huge wine in the context of the vintage and will need more time than most before becoming approachable. A powerhouse with a supremely long, ripe, and complex finish.
|Score: 18.5||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
What this wine brings to the party is volume and power. I was completely taken by La Chapelle (the second wine), but the Grand Vin improves on this in every facet of a great wine. This is so commanding and noble that it beggars belief. The earth is the foundation to this wine and it is spellbinding and all-encompassing. A work of art and one which will live for an eternity. I can’t imagine being able to drink this wine in my lifetime it is so fantastically youthful and closed.
|Score: 19+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|