LA MISSION HAUT-BRION DINNER REVIEW & OFFER

Tonight’s dinner was a long time in the making. We had acquired a vertical case at Sotheby’s that had been consigned by Château La Mission Haut-Brion directly from their cellars. Not only this, but as Jean Philippe Delmas noted, 4 specialists from Sotheby’s visited the estate prior to the sale and carefully inspected and approved each individual bottle prior to accepting the sealed original wooden cases. That fussiness was evident in the pristine bottles. Even all the corks were original – so none of these bottles had been ‘re-conditioned’, all the levels were base of neck or better. Added to our blessings, none of the bottles turned out to be marred by cork taint or other issues.

Four years later (for as Delmas pointed out, he travels to quite a few more parts of the world now than his father did – such is the nature of the market) and we had our moment to open all these bottles around one table – a private room in a Michelin *** Chinese restaurant and a menu that turned out to work very well.

There are plenty of resources to tell you the story of Château La Mission Haut-Brion. I won’t repeat all that here. In fact, I’ll cut straight to the experience of the wines themselves, with a few tidbits in italics underneath where relevant.

At the end of the night each of us (we were 15 around the table) picked out our two favourite wines. You’ll see those results below too.

Yes, this is a highly cherry-picked selection from the past 60 odd years, and from one of the very greatest estates on the planet, so we expected greatness. But boy did we get it. It was almost overwhelming. I honestly cannot recall so solid a flight of clarets as these. The peaks left me giddy. It’s also said though that a great terroir is shown not in these great years (Delmas: “easy vintages”), but in tough vintages where on average not many good wines are made. Our third flight – ’95, ’94, ’78 – slipped in to support this point. These 3 wines were not ‘shown up’ amongst the greatness of the adjacent flights. In fact they shone. While I would put the ’95 at the upper middle of that vintage’s pack, both ’94 and ’78 arguably represent the best wines made in all of Bordeaux in those challenging years.

Read my full report with wine notes here (or download PDF here), and below is our latest stock available. 

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92-99
Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
1970 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,300 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
2,300
Score
-
Location
HK
1975 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 8,200 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
8,200
Score
WA97
Location
HK
1975 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 8,200 / BTL 8 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
8
Btl price (HKD)
8,200
Score
WA97
Location
HK-P
1978 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 4,800 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
4,800
Score
WA96
Location
HK
1982 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 8,500 / BTL 7 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
7
Qty of btl
7
Btl price (HKD)
8,500
Score
WA100
Location
HK
1982 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 8,500 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
8,500
Score
WA100
Location
SHOP
1982 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 8,500 / BTL 3 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
8,500
Score
WA100
Location
HK-P
1989 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 9,000 / BTL 4 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
4
Btl price (HKD)
9,000
Score
WA100
Location
HK-P
2006 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,650 / BTL 3 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
1,650
Score
WA94
Location
HK
2008 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml OWC12 HK HKD 1,650 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
1,650
Score
WA95
Location
HK
2008 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
1500 ml OWC3 HK-P HKD 3,300 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
3,300
Score
WA95
Location
HK-P
2015 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
750 ml OWC6 EP HKD 3,200 / BTL 6 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
36
Btl price (HKD)
3,200
Score
WA97-99
Location
EP
1994 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion - (Ex Chateau)
750 ml OWC12 HK HKD 1,580 / BTL 8 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
96
Btl price (HKD)
1,580
Score
WA92
Location
HK
1994 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion - (Ex Chateau)
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,580 / BTL 8 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
8
Btl price (HKD)
1,580
Score
WA92
Location
HK
1994 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion - (Ex Chateau)
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 1,580 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
1,580
Score
WA92
Location
SHOP
1995 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion - (Ex Chateau)
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,280 / BTL 11 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
11
Qty of btl
11
Btl price (HKD)
2,280
Score
WA95+
Location
HK
1995 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion - (Ex Chateau)
750 ml OWC12 HK-P HKD 2,280 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
2,280
Score
WA95+
Location
HK-P
The wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. Title to all wine remains with The Fine Wine Experience until paid for in full.
HK / HK storage; ready for delivery within 1-2 business days.
HK-Shop / available for in-store purchase in Sheung Wan.
HK-prearrival / in transition; expected to arrive HK in 2-4 weeks upon payment confirmation.
En-Primeur / wines still in chateau; will arrange delivery to once wine is received in HK