1999 La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made in a lighter style, the fully mature 1999 reveals notes of beef blood, roasted herbs, black truffles, damp earth and black currants intermixed with hints of espresso and spice box. This medium-bodied, velvety textured, lush La Mission should hold nicely for a decade in a cold cellar. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full ruby-red color. Aromas of currant, minerals and tar. Seems a bit loose-knit on the front end for this wine, but has firm acidity. Then more impressive on the back half, with good shape and vinosity. Finishes firm and ripely tannic, with subtle persistence. (ST)
Offers rose and blackberry, with currant jam aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of fruit. This is very youthful, yet silky and refined. Just coming around. Web-Only 2010 (JS)
A blend of 50% merlot, 42% cabernet sauvignon, and 8% cabernet franc in 1999. It’s a feminine styled wine, with exotic, sweet black fruit aromas and flavors. Also has trace of Asian spice. The wine is long and deep with lots of structure. Has La Mission’s tell-tale woodiness. It’s more elegant than Haut Brion. Very serious!