Deep colour. Fresh dark berry, blackcurrant, mulberry aromas with cedar graphite notes. Sweet fruited almost plush with generous blackcurrant pastille, dark plum flavours, loose-knit chocolaty textures and plentiful vanilla grilled nut notes. Chocolatey finish with a long tannin plume. Elemental with great potential.
96 points, Langton's
One of the best young La Missions I have ever tasted, this is closer to the 2001 in terms of its blend than to the more Cabernet-dominated 2010. Silky, yet structured, with a shimmering mineral freshness, this is a thing of beauty. The tannins and oak integration are very fine, even at this early stage.
98 points, TimAtkin.com, April 2015
The 2014 La Mission Haut-Brion has a sophisticated, very detailed bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow, cedar and graphite. This is very focused and yet at the same time quite controlled and discrete. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, cedar and touches of allspice. I love the depth of this wine and the gentle grip towards the finish. It knows not to push too hard in this growing season and that results in a very classy wine. 2025-2060.
96 points, Vinous, March 2018
The typicity of La Mission is really here. Aromas of iodine, oyster shell, currants and orange peel are evident. Full-bodied, tight and tannic with a muscular and toned texture that holds the wine down at the moment, but it’s waiting to release its joy and true nature. Fine-grained. Give it until 2023.
96 points, JamesSuckling.com, Feb 2017
...powerful and authoritative from the very first impression. A dark, beguiling wine, it boasts serious richness and concentration. Savory herbs, tobacco, menthol, licorice and a host of dark fruit infuse this deep, intense La Mission. The 2014 is not a huge wine, but it does have exceptional balance. This is a very strong showing.
95+ points, Vinous, Feb 2017
Rather exotic nose with masses going on. Very much first-growth quality. Masses of tannins. Really appetising. Edgy and salty. Very sweet. Drink 2024-2050.
18.5/20 points, JancisRobinson.com, Feb 2018
...shows a kiss of red fruits in its core of darker currants, smoke tobacco, scorched earth, vanilla bean, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied richness, impeccable balance, fine tannin, and a great, great finish, it’s a downright classy La Mission that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 20+. Drink 2022-2042.
95 points, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017
Fleshy and very compact, with layers of dark fig, blackcurrant paste and blackberry reduction still sorting themselves out. Sports a serious spine of tar while a well-roasted apple wood element forms the backdrop on the dense finish. The range and density set this apart. Should be rather long-lived for the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2030.
94 points, Wine Spectator, Feb 2017