2006 La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
95 points Robert Parker: "One of the vintage-s top wines is the 2006 La Mission-Haut-Brion. From bottle, it reminds me of the 1998, given its structure and backward style. Dense ruby/purple-colored, it possesses a boatload of tannin, but with coaxing, tobacco leaf, sweet black currant, burning ember, and blue fruit characteristics emerge. While thick and full-bodied, the tannins seem more elevated than I remember from barrel. It is going to be a beauty, but like many of the top 2006s, considerable patience is required. Only 55% of the production made it into the grand vin as Jean-Philippe Delmas made a severe selection..." (02/09) 96 points Wine Enthusist: "Wonderful sweet fruit, velvet in texture, with concentrated ripe fruits and red berries. This is a wine that rolls sumptuously around the mouth, the tannins certainly dense, but full of the same sweetness as the fruit. The final flavor is perfumed and fresh..." (03/09) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Almost jammy, with vanilla bean and coffee undertones. Full-bodied and very powerful, with big, juicy tannins and a long finish. Very big and generous for the vintage, showing exceptional quality. Best after 2015." (03/09) K&L's notes - **+ Ralph Sands: Loads of very strong fruit, very tightly concentrated, lots of tannin and acid. Patience required." Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2009 and Dec 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.