La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion 2015
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La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion 2015
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
Pessac Leognan, 2nd Wine
Alcohol %
13
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Decanter: Tension and spice but tannins need some time to soften up. Always a beautiful sense of effortless confidence in this wine, no exception here, though not quite up to 2009 or 2010. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 35% new oak; 34% of the total crop. 90 Points
 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
Pessac Leognan, 2nd Wine
Alcohol %
13
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Wine Advocate: The 2015 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is a blend of 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 9 September until 1 October, harvested early to preserve the freshness of the Merlot and taking time to pick the Cabernet at optimal ripeness. The bouquet is tightly wound at the moment, but precise, revealing blackcurrant, cranberry and hints of marmalade scents with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite sturdy tannin on the entry that exert a firm grip, but there is more than enough fruit to back that all up. Touches of cedar and tobacco surface towards the second half and there is a sustained, chalky note on the finish that ensures that this a great deuxième vin. 91 - 93 Points
Ratings
James Suckling: Very powerful and tannic yet salty and savory. Full body, dense and chewy yet polished and bright. Great second wine from La Mission. Only 30% merlot. 94 - 95 Points
Awards
Jancis Robinson: 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Picked from 9 September to 1 October because of stress. Very rich, almost raisiny nose. Lots of (dried) fruity appeal. Pretty tough dried-grape impression on the finish. Not one of the most fluid wines from this stable! A bit of heat on the end. This wine may always be a bit of an anomaly. Drink 2025-2033 16
Vineyard Notes
La Mission-Haut-Brion's vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Merlot 45%, Cabernet Franc 7%) lie on a large (up to 18 metres deep in places) gravel bank interspersed with clay. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and then matured in oak barriques (100% new) for 18 months. The wines of La Mission Haut Brion are rich, oaky and powerful and need at least 10 years of bottle ageing before they should be broached
Other Notes
Château La Mission-Haut-Brion is the greatest Graves wine after Haut-Brion and in some vintages is considered the superior wine of the two. La Mission-Haut-Brion is situated just across the road from Haut-Brion in the commune of Talence in the southern suburbs of Bordeaux. Since 1983, both properties have been under the same ownership, Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A.
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