2014 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
A wine with dark berry and currant character that is juicy and rich. Full-bodied, round, velvety and savory. Second wine of La Mission.
Barrel Sample. This richly structured, full wine is soft and rounded, with black currant and intense acidity as the background. The tannins feel deceptively firm because of the fruit. (RV)
right red plum, pomegranate, spices, graphite and smoke emerge from the 2014 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion, a bold, intense wine loaded with class and pedigree. Rich, ample and broad on the palate, the 2014 delivers tons of intensity, especially at this level. A final burst of expressive red fruit, iron and smoke punctuates a super-expressive finish buffered by veins of acidity and minerality that confer freshness. The higher than usual percentage of Cabernet Franc adds to the wine's aromatic intrigue. This is a superb second wine. The blend is 45% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)
Vibrant blueberry and pastille notes form the core, with good energy from the savory and tobacco accents. Has a lightly chewy edge through the finish, giving this a grippy feel. (Web-2015) (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)