Pure Perfection in a Glass

Another stellar bottle that we have on auction this spring is the 2005 Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Matt Steeves highlighted it in his critic’s wish list that we posted earlier. He is in good company. This wine has inspired several critics to give it a perfect score.

On June 28, 2015 Jeff Leve gave it 100 out of 100 in the Wine Cellar Insider and wrote: “Stunning in every way, the wine perfectly balances intensity, incredible levels of concentration, power and purity. Mouth coating, palate staining and harmonious., this is a future legend.”
Robert Parker also tasted it in June 2015 and he also gave it 100 out of 100 in the Wine Advocate (#219). He wrote: “The 2005 La Mission Haut-Brion is pure perfection. It has an absolutely extraordinary nose of sweet blackberries, cassis and spring flowers with some underlying minerality, a full-bodied mouthfeel, gorgeously velvety tannins (which is unusual in this vintage) and a long, textured, multi-layered finish that must last 50+ seconds. This is a fabulous wine and a great effort from this hallowed terroir. Drink this modern-day legend over the next 30+ years. Only 5,500 cases were produced of this blend of 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2015-2045.”

Jeff Leve noted that you might want to keep this one in the cellar for another 15 to 20 years. Will you be able to wait that long?