|Subregion||France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pessac-Léognan|
This is the second wine of La Mission Haut Brion and it usually contains all teh fruit from the Tour Haut Brion vineyard (last vintage 2005).
In 2022 Chapelle is 27% of La Mission's production - with a further 9% sold off in bulk. it is 56% Merlot with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon except for 8% Cabernet Franc. 20% new oak.
A blend of 55.9% Merlot, 35.4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.7% Cabernet Franc, the 2022 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion offers aromas of dark berries, licorice, graphite, bell pepper and pencil shavings. It’s medium to full-bodied, fleshy and nicely balanced with a tense, fresh and penetrating finish.
Bright, fleshy red fruits on the nose dominate together with a hint of sweet vanilla. The palate has velveteen, integrated tannins and exotic, ripe red fruits at the core. This is fleshy and will drink well in its fruit, offering generous summer pudding tones and a seamless texture.
Really fresh and linear with graphite, tar, berry and stone aromas and flavors. Medium and fine on the palate showing no heat or over-maturity. Attractive tannins at the end. 55.9% merlot, 35.4% cabernet sauvignon and 8.7% cabernet franc.
Powerful damson colour, with cloves, incense, dried roses, liquorice root, rosemary and waves of raspberry and damson fruit. Firm tannic architecture, silky in texture. One of the lower alcohols in years at these estates, mainly due to some blockages during the growing season, even with small amounts of irrigation of vines between 3 and 7 years old. No leaf removal during growing season, careful soil work, fascinating to see the evolution of this estate as it deals with the changing climate, under the spotlight of being one of the highest profile names in Bordeaux.
55.9% Merlot, 35.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.7% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Crimson hue, lighter at the rim. Open and expressive with leafy, dark-fruit notes to the fore. Lively and juicy but sweet. Dry finish. A grainy note to the tannins on the end. (JL)
Drink 2029– 2038