La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2018

  Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Produced from 40.8% Merlot, 7.6% Cabernet Franc and 51.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Chapelle de la Mission is rather serious and brooding effort. With aeration there are some glorious aromas of dried flowers, stones, perfumed cassis, pencil shavings and pure raspberry. There is wonderfully dark gravelly fruit on the palate, lots of bramble and cassis interspersed with savoury notes, dried meats and stones. This is unquestionably a large scale and impressive Chapelle, possibly one of the best we have tasted, with plenty of concentration and beautifully managed tannins that coat the palate with chalk and pure berries. Impressive!

Contains Sulphites.

About Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Haut Brion’s sister property has a habit of trumping its more illustrious sibling. Owned by Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A., La Mission’s vineyards lie in the same suburbs as those of Haut Brion on deep gravel croupes interspersed with clay. The cepage is not dissimilar in the red wine (48% Cabernet, 45% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc) although the Haut Brion Blanc (formally Laville Haut Brion) has a lot more Semillon in the blend than Haut Brion Blanc.

Stylistically, La Mission Haut Brion rouges is more accessible and open than the deeply mineral and slightly introverted Haut Brion when young, but given time the Haut Brion will begin to show its power. Both wines reward long term aging to be at their best.

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.