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2025 - 2042
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
A blend of 44.7% Merlot and 55.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2020 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion has an alcohol of 14.3%. It rolls effortlessly out of the glass with seducing notes of warm black plums, black cherry compote and blackberry pie, plus suggestions of lavender, crushed rocks and underbrush with a hint of sassafras. The medium-bodied palate is delicately played and refreshing, offering lots of soft-spoken black fruit and earthy layers with a soft texture and seamless acidity, finishing with a spicy kick.
The 2020 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion has a perfumed, floral bouquet of iris and pitted black olive scents infusing copious black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a little more backbone than the Le Clarence Haut-Brion, plus it is a little drier on the finish. It just needs to develop a bit more flesh and sensuality by the time it is bottled.
(55% CS, 45% M; 14.3% ABV)
Exuberantly, freshly sweet ripe cassis fruit; nicely balanced, full, fresh, very fine in moderate tannin (clearly very careful extraction); fresh, restrained, elegant wine, a touch wood-dry (alcohol-hardened?) in texture, but with a very nice length of flavor and typical overall “house” restraint, plus a long, warm, sweet-cored aftertaste. Excellent Chapelle in this slightly hotter / harder style. 2030–40+.
Blackberries, some crushed stones and iodine with a sandalwood undertone. It’s full and racy with firm tannins.
Full embossed bottle 1,280 g. Cask sample taken 13 April … nice and fresh! 55.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44.7% Merlot picked 7 to 29 September. Estimated alcohol 14.3%.
Dark purplish crimson. Subtle, saline nose. Really gets the saliva flowing. The tannins are not the supplest – slightly sandy-textured – but the fruit is very dense and correct with real life to it. Medium weight with great balance. Racy wine with good drive – though you'll have to wait awhile for the tannins to recede.
The 2020 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is rich, dense and so inviting, right from the very first taste. Ripe red purplish/berry fruit, rose petal, spice and gravel all meld together in the glass, but what impresses most about La Chappelle is its exceptional balance. Aromatics, fruit and structure are all so well-balanced. The 2020 is an especially fine La Chappelle.
Black cherries, currants, tobacco, and leafy herb notes all emerge from the 2020 La Chapelle De La Mission Haut-Brion. and it's medium to full-bodied, with a round, layered mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and just a big, rich, yet concentrated vibe that's very much in the style of the vintage. It's going to have two decades of longevity.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
You are immediately set at ease by the confidence and sheer easy appeal of this wine. A silky and seductive La Chapelle that rivals plenty of first wines in this vintage. The texture is rich and taut at first, then softens in the glass, with a charge of freshness that keeps the momentum and the energy high. Not many wines that rival the 2010 and 2016s, but here it very much does - exuberant with chocolate and cracked pepper but pulls back at the right moment. Harvests from 7th to 29th September. I love it.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2040