Jancis Robinson 17/20pts: "Deep, intense, healthy colour but quite developed at the rim. Clearly a step up from the Smith in terms of finesse, terroir and general care lavished on it. Still quite youthful and in absolutely no hurry to grow up. If this wine could speak it might have a rather annoying nasal drawl, it’s so confident and laid back. But – you’ve got to admire it. I think I’d still rather than 12 bottles of the Smith than six of this though… but then looked at as a buy compared with other vintages of La Mission, it is a bit of a steal."—JR (8/2005)


Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This dark ruby/plum-colored wine offers a big, spicy, tobacco leaf, and black fruit-scented nose, lots of structure and tannin, good depth, medium body, and enough accessibility to be consumed now (although it will improve for 5-7 years and last for a dozen or more)."—RP (04/2000)

Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France 1997

SKU: mission_1997_CA



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