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ZAR 9 967
Lot 157
  • La Mission Haut Brion, Leoville Barton, Langoa Barton; Vintage Collection; 1998; 3 (3 x 1); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 9 500 - 11 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 9 967

About this Item

Vintage Collection, 1998
3 (3 x 1) 750ml

Château La Mission Haut Brion
Château Haut Brion is one of the First Growths of Bordeaux and its unique terroir has produced prized wines for close to 600 years. After a visit on May 25, 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote in his diary; “The soil of Haut-Brion, which I examined in great detail, is made up of sand, in which there is near as much round gravel or small stones and very little loam like the soils of the Medoc."

Château Léoville Barton
Château Léoville Barton is the smallest portion of the great Léoville estate and has been owned by the Barton family since 1826. Classified as a 2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855 and lies within the iconic terroir of Saint Julien in the Médoc. The Barton family's passion for wine is reflected in the elegance and consistency of each vintage, a traditional reflection of fine Bordeaux.

Château Langoa Barton
Château Langoa Barton is a winery and vineyard in the Saint-Julien appelation of the Médoc. In the official 1855 Bordeaux classification it was ranked as a third growth. Like many wines made in the area, Langoa Barton is Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant, but with more Merlot than its adjacent sibling estate, Léoville Barton. Somewhat confusingly, the château features on the label of Léoville Barton – which has no château building or winery of its own – but not on Langoa's. In 1821, Anglo-Irish wine merchant Hugh Barton bought Château Langoa and a portion of the Léoville estate which became Léoville Barton. Anthony Barton inherited the two properties from his uncle Ronald in 1983.

This 3 bottle lot consists of the following 3 wines.

  • Château La Mission Cru Classé de Graves Haut Brion 1998
  • Château Léoville-Barton Saint-Julien 1998
  • Château Langoa Barton Saint-Julien 1998

Critics Ratings

Château La Mission Cru Classé de Graves Haut Brion 1998

‘The 1998 La Mission Haut-Brion is deep garnet-brick colored with a pretty perfume of potpourri, spice box, menthol, sandalwood, tobacco and new leather. The palate is medium-bodied and elegant with tons of fragrant layers, finishing with loads of mineral and tons of energy. Drink up to 2030.’ – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 97/100 (May 2018)

‘The 1998 La Mission Haut Brion has always been a quite brilliant wine and at 20 years of age it continues to cruise at high altitude. Showing little signs of ageing in the glass, it has a very pure and refined bouquet that is perhaps not as precocious as a decade ago. This unfolds beautifully with black cherries, black olive, mineral and a touch of cigar box. The palate is very well balanced with a fine thread of acidity. The 1998 remains very youthful and vigorous with a sweet core of fruit, quite linear towards the finish with great tension. You come away with the feeling it will have more secondary aromas and flavours with another few years of bottle age. Marvelous. Tasted at the château. Drink 2018 - 2040.’ – Neal Martin, Vinous, 96/100 (May 2018)

'Very dark ruby color still. The nose is deep and dense, with intense aromas of licorice, blackberry, warm stones and a hint of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with flavors of berries, iodine and chocolate. The tannin structure builds on the palate. Still needs to come together. A baby.’ – James Suckling, Wine Spectator, 96/100 (2008)

Château Langoa Barton Saint-Julien 1998

A dense ruby/purple color as well as a muscular, ageworthy personality are found in this "no BS" sort of wine. It possesses loads of body, impressive concentration, and firm tannin in the finish. However, it is a wine for those who are able to defer their gratification as it requires another 4-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025.’ – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 89/100 (Apr 2001)

‘The 1998 Langoa Barton is a wine that I have not tasted since just after bottling. It has a curious menthol tincture on the nose that lends it a slightly medicinal personality. Underneath lies pencil lead and autumn leaf scents, though there is sufficient fruit to back that up. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite fresh in the mouth, maybe a little simplistic but with freshness towards the minty finish. Fine. Tasted at the château. Drink 2018 - 2032.’ – Neal Martin, Vinous, 88/100 (May 2018)

Château Léoville-Barton Saint-Julien 1998

‘The 1998 Léoville Barton has a simple but clean and fresh bouquet: blackberry, wild hedgerow, a touch of fennel and tarragon. There is a hint of tobacco that becomes more evident with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, potent tobacco and leafy notes, a relatively lightweight Léoville Barton that just attenuates a little swiftly on the bay leaf and black tea-tinged finish. There is a sense of elegance here but I would drink this now and over the next decade. Tasted at the château. Drink 2018 - 2028.’ – Neal Martin, Vinous, 90/100 (May 2018)

‘This opaque purple-colored, muscular, full-bodied, classically made St.-Julien displays impressive concentration, chewy, highly-extracted flavors of black fruits, iron, earth, and spicy wood, and a powerful mouth-feel. A pure, uncompromising, traditionally-styled wine, it is to be admired for its authenticity, class, and quality. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035. Readers seeking classic, muscular, extremely long-lived Bordeaux should always keep this outstanding classified growth in mind. It continues to sell for a price well below its intrinsic value.’ – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 91/100 (Apr 2001)


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