Dry, ripe dark fruit, good weight, just a ghost of sweetness, but mostly quite dry and serious. A structured wine. One can see this making an '04 styled wine, good flavour depth and structural austerity. Raspberry top-notes. Rating: 91+ L&S (Apr 2014)
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(65% merlot, 32% cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc): Bright ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of floral red berries and spearmint. Refined on the palate, with red berry, mint and mineral elements carrying through to the long, vibrant, but somewhat austere finish. A leaner style of La Mission than usual, but also very refined. If this puts on more flesh it will turn out to be outstanding, but right now it's a little tough, offering no easy sweetness. As with its stablemate Haut-Brion, the percentage of new oak will be cut from the usual 75% to 65% in an attempt to preserve the wine's fruit. Rating: 88-91 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)
Merlot 65% Cabernet Franc 3% Cabernet Savignon 32% Sweet on the nose the fruit feels ripe strongly black fruited with lots of cassis and black cherry. The tannins are firm but fine the fruit on the mid palate sweet with richness of flavour and although quite tight at the back there is sweet fruited power on the finish. 2020-30 Rating: 89-93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (May 2014)
By the standards of recent vintages, this is a very restrained, medium-bodied La Mission. Red fruits, summer pudding and rose petal are the dominant aromas and flavours, with wellintegrated oak. But the acidity is high and even a little tart here. 2020-26 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2014)
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