1999 La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #999107 91 points 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)  (8/2012)

90 points 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)  (6/2002)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

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!

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.