Not a wall flower in sight, La Mission Haut Brion 1990

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, a gem is discovered amongst the Gravel.

1990, wow what a hot year, levels of sunshine to rival that of 1949. Just as everyone got comfy – the September rainstorms hit with record-breaking rainfall. Even with such unpredictability a star was born .

The awakening came in the early ’80s, when Domaine Clarence Dillon made that all important purchase. With the managerial skills of Prince Robert of Luxembourg and the talents of Jean-Philippe Delmas, it was bound for success.

Mistake me if I’m wrong but they haven’t let us down yet.

Enticing Garnet, intense concentration of prune and fig. Underlying hints of sour Kirsch and liquorice, maybe even a whiff of peppermint. Cigar and cedar waft on by. Provencal herbs and a distinct meatiness on the palate, a real autumnal wine. Sweet spice follows through to add to the complexity, this wine just goes on forever. The acidity – fresh and lively with fine delicate tannins.

Needless to say, I was impressed! I would be delighted to open up another bottle in 10 years, bet it’ll still be going strong.


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