Mission Haut Brion 2011
95 Points Robert Parker
The small production (4,150 cases) of 2011 La Mission-Haut-Brion displays the nobility and complexity of this great terroir. Burning embers, scorched earth, blueberry, black currant, licorice and spice aromas jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored wine. With full body (atypical for a 2011), but no hard edges, this opulent, multidimensional, fleshy, rich, stunningly long, well-balanced La Mission is another great achievement in what has been nearly a century of producing remarkable wines from this hallowed vineyard. The long 2011 should be reasonably mature in another 4-6 years, and last for two decades. It will always be a revelation in a vintage that is unlikely to receive a lot of exciting press. The final blend was 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Very deep, dark red color with mauve highlights. The intense nose has opened up to reveal hints of black cherry and blackberry as well as spice. The bouquet is very "La Mission." The wine starts out broad-based, soft, and tasty. It then spreads out seamlessly with a show of powerful tannin and a creamy middle palate. The tight tannic structure on the finish is supported by a very fine aromatic persistence. Once again, La Mission Haut-Brion is very open at this stage, very expressive, and quite obviously a great wine.