The 2017 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion was picked from 4 to 29 September and matured in 18% new oak. It has a slightly subdued bouquet at first, tarry black fruit, a little gravel with more red fruit emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, crisp black fruit, touches of graphite with a linear, pencil-lead finish that contains fine precision, especially for a deuxième vin. Drink 2020-2030.
|Score: 87/89||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
The 2017 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is a blend of 49.2% Merlot, 41.9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.9% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with spice-laced notions of warm plums, mulberries and cassis with touches of tree bark, cloves, pencil lead and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of chewy tannins and refreshing acid supporting the spicy black and red fruits, finishing a little grippy.
|Score: 88/90||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Lots of crushed berries and violets with sandalwood on the nose. Some herbs. Full body and firm, chewy texture. Slightly austere tannins. Long and chewy. Needs time to soften. Better after 2022.
|Score: 92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
Quite tannic but in a very attractive way with blueberries, currants and spices. Medium-bodied, tight and chewy. Show tension and texture.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is wonderfully lifted and gracious, with bright red stone fruit and floral notes that dominate this year. In 2017, the Chappelle is decidedly gracious and light on its feet, with a construction that favors persistence over weight.
|Score: 89/91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
Deepest healthy crimson. Very fine graphite nose over scented – violets? – black fruit. Super-creamy richness, moderate intensity but real precision. Bright, juicy and with great purity of fruit, lingering and full-fruited finish with moderated tannins. Mouth-watering freshness.
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
Picked from 4th September to 29th September. This is made from 49% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc. A deep ruby in the glass, with lightly spicy, crunchy red fruits and a hint of summer pudding. The palate is silky and approachable, quite glossy and warm with flavours of plum crumble and a little nutmeg. Already open and offering juicy pleasure, this should drink well on release, but perhaps lacks the drive on the finish to be considered for long term cellaring.
|Score: 15||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
Violets are very much in evidence the nose has fragrant charm the palate bramble freshness at the start. Rich black fruits give breadth and weight in the middle lots of cassis but at the back there is underlying freshness the finish light and bright. Drink 2024-2034.
|Score: 89/91||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018|
This is a lovely fragrant wine, less dense and concentrated than the last two vintages but extremely accomplished. It has beautiful aromatics, gorgeous red fruits and an overall feeling of brightness and cohesion. It's fresh, succulent and easy to recommend. Frost only affected 0.3% of the vineyard area, leading to yields of almost 50hl/ha across the two estates in 2017. It was the third earliest harvest on record at Haut-Brion, commencing on 24 August for the whites and 31 August for the reds, with the only real difficulty to overcome being the low levels of sunshine over the summer. 22% of production went into this wine.
Drinking Window 2023 - 2033
|Score: 92||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
Very clean and very pure this is a fresh and forward La Chapelle and it is bright and very tender with only the meresttouch of acidity and tannin. I know that there is a core of energy here which will keep this wine alive for some time but, on the exterior, all is calm and refreshing. It is an ‘aperitif’ La Chapelle, such is its freshness and bounce.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|