The 2006 La Mission Haut Brion exhibits an intense color of purplish violet. Impressive complexity of aromas are evident and evokes bouquets of raspberries, blackberries, cigars, cedar, coffee, and licorice. There is a softness on the palate which expands and invades the senses and the tannins clearly represent the bold concentration of the wine. The wine easily evolves with every stage a superbly managed from start to finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 94
"A somewhat under-the-radar La Mission, the 2006 was generally overlooked following the brilliance of the 2005. A young, dense purple-hued wine that is developing beautifully, it exhibits notes of Asian plum sauce, charcoal, barbecue smoke, roasted meats, graphite and background oak. Full-bodied with good acidity, moderate tannin and a vigorous, powerful youthfulness, the 2006 will age more quickly than the 2005, but it still requires another 5-8 years of cellaring."
Wine Spectator (WS): 95
"Almost jammy, with vanilla bean and coffee undertones. Full-bodied and very powerful, with big, juicy tannins and a long finish. Very big and generous for the vintage, showing exceptional quality."