Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Château la Mission Haut-Brion is classed among the Crus Classés in the Graves classification of 1953. In the early 16th century, the land belonged to the family de Rostaing of the house of de la Tour d'Esquivens. The land was planted with vines before it was passed to the Lestonnac family in 1540. In 1919 it was sold by Victor Coustau to Fréderic Otto Woltner. Family discord led to the sale of the estate, along with La Tour Haut-Brion and Laville Haut-Brion in 1983 to Domaine Clarence Dillon, owners of Château Haut-Brion since 1935. Château La Mission-Haut-Brion is the greatest Graves wine after Haut-Brion and in some vintages is considered the superior wine of the two. Situated on uniquely stony soil, the vineyard area extends nearly 21 hectares between the two portions in Pessac and Léognan, with a grape variety distribution of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and then matured in 100% new oak barriques for 18 months. The wines of La Mission Haut Brion are rich, oaky and powerful and need a minimum of 10 years of bottle ageing before drinking.

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