1998 La Mission Haut Brion

The 1998 La Mission Haut Brion is a phenomenal wine. Now approaching the lower edge of its long drinking window, it is a perfect for the drinker or collector alike.


Tasted by Suckling and awarded a near perfect 99 points to go alongside its already impressive 98 points from Parker, this is clearly a special wine from one of Bordeaux’s great estates.


The best wines from 1998 are worth the effort to seek out. As Parker says, it “was a great vintage” in Graves and so “consumers should be seeking out wines” from here in this vintage. Few, if any, are out-performing La Mission’s ‘98 and this makes it the one to own. “A modern classic” (Suckling) for drinking or holding, this is worth strong consideration while still available.

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£1,471.00 DP

Average critic rating : 97.0 points



A candidate for the wine of the vintage from this somewhat forgotten year, consumers should be seeking out wines from the Right Bank and Graves as 1998 was a great vintage in those appellations. La Mission’s 1998 exhibits a healthy, opaque blue/purple color with no lightening at the edge. Thirty minutes of aeration brings forth a sensational bouquet of chocolate, cedar, truffles, graphite, blackberries, cassis and incense. La Mission’s so-called scorched earth/charcoal/hot rocks characteristic has not yet appeared. Full-bodied with superb purity, a multilayered texture, sweet tannin, good acidity and a fabulously long finish, this great, young La Mission-Haut-Brion’s finest days are yet to come. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040. Wine Advocate.August, 2012



Very dark ruby color still. The nose is deep and dense, with intense aromas of licorice, blackberry, warm stones and a hint of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with flavors of berries, iodine and chocolate. The tannin structure builds on the palate. Still needs to come together. A baby.¿'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2012. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2009

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La Mission Haut Brion 1998
+£2,277.00     (+341.38%) Latest price:  £2,944.00
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Just south of the city centre of Bordeaux opposite sister property Ch. Haut-Brion lies Château La Mission Haut-Brion. La Mission Haut-Brion is one of the greatest wines of Bordeaux and, whilst not classified as a first growth like neighbour Haut-Brion, is considered to be the superior of the two in some vintages. The estate has produced no less than six vintages awarded 100 points by Robert Parker: the 2009, 2000, 1989, 1982, 1959 and 1955.

As with most Graves estates, a considerable proportion of Merlot is incorporated into the red wine (45%) with the balance of the vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (48%) and Cabernet Franc (7%). A white wine, one of the finest white wines of Bordeaux, is also made: La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc is made up of 85% Semillon, 14% Savignon Blanc and a dash of Muscadelle. As with much of the Haut-Brion stable, the nomenclature of the wines can be a little confusing: La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc was known as Laville-Haut-Brion prior to 2009. A second white wine, La Clarté de Haut-Brion, has been made since 2009; this is essentially the second wine of both Haut-Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. This wine was previously labelled as Les Plantiers du Haut-Brion.

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