La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion 2016

La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion 2016

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Located across the road from Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau la Mission Haut Brion began in 1533 when Jean de Pontac purchased the property. He was the owner of Chateau Haut Brion at the time. Arnaud de Lestonnac purchased a plot of land known as Arregedhuys and he married Jean de Pontac sister, Marie. In 1548, Arnaud dies and his 4th son, Pierre, took over the estate. His daughter Olive de Lestonnac would transform the estate. She was married and widowed 3 times and without any heirs, she donated the property to Lazarists of Bordeaux. They were known as the Priest of la Mission. The estate was seized during the revolution and sold to Martial-Victor Vaillant. For the next 100 years, it was owned by the Chiapella family. The Chiapella family were from Louisiana which allowed for very easy sales to the Unite States. In 1884, the Chiappela family sold the estate. It had numerous owners until the Woltner family purchased the estate in 1919. The Woltners began to modernize the winery. In 1927, they introduced a white wine called Laville Haut Brion. The Woltner era ended in 1983, Wen the estate was sold to Domaine Clarence Dillon, Owner of Chateau Haut Brion.
The Chateau produces between 6,000 and 7,000 cases of the Grand Vin each year. The vineyard is plated 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. The Vineyards is 52 acres in 2 plots and straddles the communes of Pessac and Talence.

The Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion is their second wine. The 2016 is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot and 21.5% Cabernet Franc.    Approximately 4,000 cases are produced. annually.
Wine Advocate: 93
Decanter: 93
The success of La Mission is even more impressive as this was not an easy vintage for the Haut-Brion stable. They are close to the city here, and things got hot on their gravel soils. It is one of the main reasons that alcohols are lower than in recent years, because various plots shut down and stopped accumulating sugar. Although yields were high at 52hl/ha, the extra volume was mostly put towards the third wine. They have performed an amazing sleight of hand here, as La Chapelle has plenty of the signature of its brilliant big brother. There is less persistency but still plenty of juicy, ripe fruits and a toasty edge to the aromatics that is a classic signature of the house. There is a gap between the two wines, perhaps more than in some other years, but it's a space where you would be very happy to sit and enjoy the view. From a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot and 21.5% Cabernet Franc, aged in 25% new oak. 3.6pH.
Wine Enthusiast: 95
While this wine has great tannins, it is the fruit that makes itblack currant, blackberry and acidity all come together in great balance. This will age quickly over the next 10 years.