La Mission 1955 Coming This Spring


There’s at least four more La Mission de L’Atelier vitolas to be released, the first of which should be out this spring.

Each of the vitolas is named after vintages in which Château La Mission Haut-Brion has received a 100-point rating from Robert Parker. That has taken place seven times: 1955, 1959, 1982, 1989, 2000, 2005 and 2009.


When the line debuted last year the 1959, 1989 and 2009 sizes were released.

The new 1955 size is a 6 3/4 x 44 lonsdale, like the rest of the line it features a pigtail and the cigar is box-pressed. The La Mission line uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler.

L’Atelier Imports co-founder Pete Johnson told halfwheel that he wasn’t sure exactly when the cigar would arrive as he is still mapping out the extensions for the company.

Update (Feb. 4, 2016) — Thee 2005 vintage was awarded 100 points in 2015. The original version of this story implied that it was the 2015 vintage.

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