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La Chapelle de Château la Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Ac 60 29 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

"An elegant, dark ruby/purple-tinged effort displaying notes of tobaccosmoke intermixed with sweet currant, cherry, and some toast, this medium-bodiedwine has the hallmark purity married graciously with nicely concentrated fruit.The tannins are sweet but present and give definition to this well-madePessac-Leognan. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016." 90/100 points.(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr-2005)<br/>

La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion:
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is the second wine of Château La Mission Haut-Brion. This name reflects the rich history and tradition of the Château. The Lazarist Fathers, also called the Priests of the Mission, inherited the domain of La Mission and took possession of it in 1664. They built a chapel, consecrated on August 16, 1698 by the dean of the chapter of Saint-André. The priests n... Read more
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is the second wine of Château La Mission Haut-Brion. This name reflects the rich history and tradition of the Château. The Lazarist Fathers, also called the Priests of the Mission, inherited the domain of La Mission and took possession of it in 1664. They built a chapel, consecrated on August 16, 1698 by the dean of the chapter of Saint-André. The priests named the chapel Notre-Dame de Haut-Brion. The exceptional quality of the wine produced by the good friars contributed to the growth of the congregation. The brothers thanked God for His blessings by engraving years of the best vintages on the beams of the chapel. The years 1784, 1811, 1848, 1874, 1899, 1900 appeared on the ceiling of the chapel. Read less

Member Reviews for La Chapelle de Château la Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Ac 60 29

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Snooth User: Peter Choy
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2.50 5
01/14/2011

Deep ruby with paler rims. Medium and developing nose of blackberry, cigar box, and earth. Medium- acidity, medium tannin and medium+ body. Medium flavor of blackberry, smoke, earth. Acceptable quality as it is not complex but got a typical Graves earthy note. Ready to drink and can keep.


External Reviews for La Chapelle de Château la Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Ac 60 29

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Complex aromas of black licorice, tobacco and cedar with red fruits. Full-bodied, with superseductive, silky tannins, loads of fruit and a finish that lasts for minutes. A beauty in all the sense of the word. Best after 2012.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The blockbuster 2003 Haut-Brion (13% alcohol) possesses extremely high tannin, but that component is well-concealed by a cascade of mulberry, blackberry, cherry, and plum-like fruit. There is even a hint of figs under the blue and red fruit spectrum. While broad and ripe with a sweet, glyceral mouthfeel as well as a long, powerful, persistent finish, it retains its elegance and nobility. A wine of both power and finesse, it will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring, and keep for 25-30.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Good ruby-red. Redcurrant, plum, tobacco and flowers on the nose. Suave and light on its feet, with excellent integrated acidity framing and extending the flavors. Classy and classic wine, finishing with ripe, building tannins. This would be perfect with a cigar. Today Delmas and Masclet prefer this 2002 to the 2001 Haut-Brion, but for La Mission they give the edge to the 2001.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 1998 continues to emulate the style of recent prodigious Haut-Brions. With all due respect to the glorious 1995, the 1998 appears to be the finest wine produced since Haut-Brion's prodigious 1989 and 1990. It reveals more aromatic and flavor dimensions than it did last year. The dense ruby/purple color is followed by classic, developing aromas of minerals, lead pencil, earth, and black cherries/currants. On the palate, additional dimensions and nuances unfold. Tannic and powerful, but with sweet fruit, ripe tannin, and great length and richness, this profound, firmly-structured Haut-Brion will require 4-6 years of bottle age; it should drink well for three decades.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

There are only 10,000 cases of this 2003 (12.85% alcohol, high for this estate). A blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc, it reveals, more tannin and a tougher texture than it did last year. Deep ruby/purple to the rim, with a fragrant bouquet of plums, figs, hot rocks, and tobacco smoke, this medium-bodied claret possesses outstanding concentration and purity, but some toughness to the tannin needs to be resolved. It had just been fined, so perhaps it had not yet fully recovered. It is certainly an outstanding Haut-Brion, but at this stage, I would rank it behind such prodigious classics as the 2000, 1998, 1995, 1990, and 1989. It will be slow to evolve. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Complex aromas of blackberries, tobacco and cedar follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ripe, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very beautiful. Best after 2009.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Haut-Brion has been the most consistent first-growth over the last decade, producing top-notch wines, even in such tough years as 1987, 1993, and 1994. I have had a tendency to forget just how exceptional the 1990 Haut-Brion is because of the huge shadow cast by the 1989. However, in this blind tasting, the 1990 proved itself to be a great wine. Its price has not risen nearly as much as one might expect given its quality. The 1990 is a decadently ripe wine with much more evolution to its fragrant cassis, mineral, smoked-herb, hot rocks, tobacco, sweet, toasty nose. Fat, rich, and medium to full-bodied, this superbly-concentrated, forward, awesomely-endowed wine requires 4-6 years of cellaring; it is capable of lasting for 20-25+ years. It is an unheralded, underrated 1990 that deserves more attention.


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"An elegant, dark ruby/purple-tinged effort displaying notes of tobaccosmoke intermixed with sweet currant, cherry, and some toast, this medium-bodiedwine has the hallmark purity married graciously with nicely concentrated fruit.The tannins are sweet but present and give definition to this well-madePessac-Leognan. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016." 90/100 points.(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr-2005)<br/>

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