2014 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Currant and flower aromas galore. Very aromatic. Full-bodied yet tight and dense on the palate. A solid core of fruit and savory acidity. Very long and pretty. Drink in 2021.
This is a finely perfumed wine with its dark tannins and juicy black-currant fruit. It has structure and a dense texture although this is filled with the bright acidity that gives the wine a lift. This will age well, so drink from 2021. (RV)
Today, the 2014 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is powerful, structured and also a touch compact, with a bit less apparent breadth than it showed from barrel. Smoke, tobacco, licorice, cedar, French oak and dark stone fruit notes struggle to fully emerge. Today the tannins are especially forbidding. There is good energy and tension in the glass. Perhaps it is the high %age of Cabernet Franc that is shutting the wine down. The 2014 is very pretty, but it is not an especially forthcoming second wine. Even so, the bright floral and red-fruit-toned notes make me think it will drink nicely for a number of years. (AG)
Dense and muscular in feel, with a loamy edge complementing the core of steeped plum, black currant and fig compote notes. Lots of tobacco and roasted cedar details fill in on the energetic finish. Best from 2019 through 2026. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion 2014 is a blend of 45% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a tightly wound bouquet at first with blackcurrant and hints of orange blossom lending a prettiness. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a nice underbelly of classicism (emanating partly from the 8% vin de presse) underneath a veneer of ripe black fruit, easing down to a supple, “fruity” finish. Fine, though there is a chasm between deuxième and Grand Vins this year. (NM)
Gorgeous nose, open and inviting, with firm fresh fruits, on the perfectly ripe but not overly ripe scale, plum and damson, firm tannins, slightly chewy, this has well controlled extraction, fine tannic structure, with the floating effect in the mid palate that the best estates have mastered so well in 2014 by enhancing the high acidity levels. (JA)