2012 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $65)
Pure and precise aromas of dark fruits and currants with hints of stones follow through to a full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Harmonious and very elegant.
0 Named after the chapel that brings out the monastic feel of Château la Mission Haut-Brion, this second wine is firm and tannic, with a dusty texture and a dry, firm aftertaste. It's nowhere near ready to drink although with its weight and the potential of the underlying black currant fruits, it's likely to be richly dense in the years to come. (RV)
Fine depth of colour and has the earthy/Graves nose of La Chapelle but a better expression of fruit, very polished and ripe due to 62% Merlot, but time is needed to dominate the fine but rather firm tannins. (SS)
The 2012 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion shows many of the aromatic signatures of this site, but the tannins remain quite imposing and in need of time to soften. Smoke, graphite, cured meats, menthol and dark fruit are some of the scents that emerge from this virile yet wonderfully nuanced second wine from La Mission Haut-Brion. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The beautiful second wine, the 2012 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion, has a dense ruby/purple color, sweet raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, subtle earth and spice, supple tannins and an opulent fleshy mouthfeel. It is a terrific second wine and outstanding in its own right. (RP)
This is taut, with a sappy edge to the red currant and plum fruit flavors, while singed alder, bay and tar notes line the finish. Shows ample depth and length, but needs to uncoil a bit. (JM)