When L’Atelier Imports first unveiled its La Mission de L’Atelier line in 2015, the plan was to have seven vitolas. The series has now been rounded out as three new sizes were added: the 1982, 1999, and 2003.

At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, the new 1982 6 1/8 x 52 box-pressed torpedo was introduced. In addition, two other sizes have been announced: 1999, a 5 5/8 x 46 box-pressed Corona Gorda; and 2003, a 6 1/4 x 48 a box-pressed Short Churchill.

The La Mission de L’Atelier line comes pays homage to a French winery called Château La Mission Haut-Brion. This winery is located in the Pessac-Leognan region – located just southeast of Bordeaux.

The vitola lines are each named for a vintage year when the Château La Mission Haut-Brion wine received a 100 point designation by Robert Parker. Parker is well known in the wine industry for his “Parker Points” – an assessment scale of various wines. The 100 point rating is the highest ranking on this scale and a wine with this rating is considered “extraordinary”. Château La Mission Haut-Brion has earned this honor seven times. The one exception to the vitola name rule is the 1999 (the winery actually received the honor in 2000).

At a glance, here is a look at La Mission du La’Atelier:

Blend Profile

As with all L’Atelier branded cigars, the blend contains Sancti Spiritus tobacco. In this case, it is contained in the filler.

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father SA)

Vitolas Available

1982: 6 1/8 x 52 (Torpedo)
1999: 5 5/8 x 46
2003: 6 1/4 x 48
1955: 6 3/4 x 44
1959: 4 3/4 x 52
1989: 5 5/8 x 54
2009: 6 1/2 x 56

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