2013 La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
This is finely structured, a tense wine with great fruits and an intense texture. It's tight while bursting with fruit. The structure is complex, dense and very mineral in character. It is a wine that will need many years, so drink from 2022. The production is tiny, and what is not fit for this wine goes into the Dillon Clarté wine. (RV)
This unfolds on your palate with a oyster, raspberry and stone character. It slowly opens and builds. Chewy yet polished. Reserved LMHB.
The 2013 La Mission Haut-Brion is intriguing. At first relatively immediate, the 2013 turns darker and more intensely mineral as it sits in the glass. Plum, black cherry, smoke and licorice wrap around the palate with serious density for the year. Bright, floral notes finesse on the finish. The 2013 captures an attractive combination of power tempered by the understated personality of the year. There is a lot to like here. It will be interesting to see if the 2013 gains depth in elevage. The 2013 is 65% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Its big sister, the 2013 La Mission Haut-Brion (65% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc) represents 3,000 cases. This very good to excellent 2013 exhibits a deep plum/ruby color as well as notes of subtle barbecue spice, black currants, incense and wet rocks. With good fruit on the attack, medium body and a short finish, it has the potential to be outstanding if it fleshes out. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)
Features pomegranate and red currant fruit flavors laced with singed savory and iron notes. A lightly chalky thread on the finish keeps this just on the austere side, though there's touch more length here than in most Pessacs in this vintage. Drink now through 2023. (JM, Web-2016)