2006 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
*Barrel Sample* The second wine of La Mission Haut-Brion, this is spicy, full of fresh fruits, dominated by blackcurrants and berries.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red-ruby. Classic aromas of plum, raspberry, tobacco, smoke and warm stones. Sweet, lush and generous but with the brightness of the vintage. In an essentially easygoing style. Finishes broad and soft, with plenty of ripe, mouthcoating tannins and noteworthy persistence. (ST)
Very dense and rich and cassis. Luscious sweetness. Fades a little fast. But there is lots of pleasure here.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of Bordeaux's most attractive second wines is La Chapelle de la Mission, which now incorporates most of what used to be Latour-Haut-Brion. The 2006 La Chapelle de la Mission is a soft, sexy, classic northern Graves with smoky, cedary, herb, black cherry, and black currant notes intermixed with unsmoked cigar tobacco. With medium body as well as a silky texture, it can be drunk over the next decade. (RP)
Pretty tobacco, berry and chocolate aromas lead to a medium body, with fine tannins and a berry and coffee aftertaste. Round and attractive.