The Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion 2013 shows a chalky frame, with good racy red currant fruit and a bright sanguine note through the finish, where an echo of pomegranate leaves a slightly tangy feel.
"The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were really hit hard during the flowering, but Cabernet Franc was fine. And like most people, we lost a big part of the crop on the old-vine Merlot. Old vines flower later and are more fragile than young vines," said Delmas. "Without the old-vine fruit, the selection for the grand vinbecomes harder, and then I think you see why there is a big gap in '13 between first and second wines."
"But we don't have any green notes in the wines, because there is ripeness. What we have is bitterness and tannins. And considering we missed two weeks of ripening, well, it could have been a lot worse," said Delmas.
Like all second-label wines, La Chapelle is the little brother of the flagship wine produced on the same estate, Château La Mission Haut-Brion.
It is made from grapes grown in the same vineyard, it is raised in the same manner and benefits from the same level of care. In truth, it presents all the qualities of the estate's top wine on a reduced scale. Every effort is brought to bear to give the wine a similar harmony and to impart the same aromas.
Beginning with the 2006 vintage, the blending process used to create La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion has involved the contribution of grapes produced on the former parcels of Château La Tour Haut-Brion.
In wine tasting notes, we have noticed that the word that is ultimately the most important is rarely mentioned. That word is pleasure. We would undoubtedly use it if we were to define this wine that will charm all your senses so. By now you probably have guessed: this "junior" Château La Mission Haut-Brion has all the alluring qualities of its big brother.
Length of initial maturing period in oak casks: 18-22 months in 20-25% new wood
Average production: 4,000 cases