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La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion 2015

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The Wine

45 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Merlot, 25 % Cabernet Franc

92 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate 'Composed of 30% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium garnet-purple colored 2015 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion opens with an earthy nose of mossy bark, fragrant soil and fallen leaves over a core of red and black currants, bay leaves and menthol plus a waft of violets. Medium to full-bodied, it has compelling restraint and elegance with soft tannins and great freshness, finishing on a mineral note. Possessing the spirit and many of the signature hallmarks of its big brother, this second wine of La Mission Haut-Brion is certainly nothing to sneeze at! Drink 2020-2035.' 


The Details
Variety - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Country - France
Region - Bordeaux
Sub Region - Pessac Leognan

Extra - Cork
Year - 2015
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

La Mission Haut Brion is considered by Robert Parker to be one of the best wines from Pessac-Léognan in terms of quality and consistency.  It would be impossible to discuss this producer without touching briefly upon its neighbor across the street, the esteemed First Growth Chateau Haut Brion.  Though there used to be a bit of rivalry between these two illustrious estates, the tension has cooled down throughout the ages, and both are recognized as incredible expressions of Pessac-Leognan terroir within their own right. La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is the Second Wine of this estate, and the perfect opportunity for oenophiles to discover the richly dense, muscular and tannic wines Château La Mission Haut-Brion produces. 

Château La Mission Haut-Brion has a long history that dates to the 16th Century.  The property was purchased by Jean de Pontac in 1533.  Jean de Pontac was a well-known figure in the wine industry, owning some of the best estates in Bordeaux.  He would later go on to own Château Haut-Brion as well.  In 1607 the property changed hands to Olive de Lestonnac, a young widow who would manage the property.  Eventually, she gave the property to the Congregate of the Mission, and that is when the estate received its moniker, “La Mission Haut-Brion.”  A chapel was built in the vineyards, and it was known as Notre Dame de La Mission.  The estate remained in the hands of the Roman Church until it was possessed by the French Government during the French Revolution. It was subsequently sold at public auction to the Chiapelle family who ended up managing Cosd'Estournel.

During the time of the 1855 Classification, La Mission Haut-Brion was selling wine priced similarly - if not more expensive - than the Second Growths in Bordeaux.  The estate was not classified during 1855 and Château Haut-Brion was the only property within the Graves region with that privilege.  This would change when Château La Mission Haut-Brion was classified during the Graves Classification in 1953.  The estate changed hands numerous times until it was acquired by Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owners of Château Haut-Brion.  Once Domaine Clarence Dillon took over operations of the estate, a massive renovation was completed.  The Second Wine was initially named Château La Tour Haut-Brion, but that was to change in 2006 when it received its current moniker – La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion.

Château La Mission Haut-Brion is situated on a deep gravel bed, which is typical of the region.  Here, a diverse array of plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon thrive in the soils with excellent drainage. La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is vinified the same way as the grand vin of La Mission Haut-Brion.  The grapes are grown in the same plots and tended to with the same level of diligence.  Though the grand vin may require more bottle-ageing prior to being enjoyed, La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is accessible and considered an endearing wine by many connoisseurs. 

Château La Mission Haut-Brion has been owned by the Dillon family since 1983. Château La Mission Haut-Brion is located across the road from Château Haut-Brion, and has its own illustrious history before becoming part of Domaine Clarence Dillon.

The vineyards of La Mission Haut-Brion are planted with 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.