La Chappelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is the second wine of Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, a Classified red wine of Graves with one of the most intriguing histories in Bordeaux. The wine was produced on the estate, located in Talence, in the early 16th century by the de Roustaing family. In 1682 the estate was bequeathed to an order of Catholic friars who not only built an architecturally significant chapel, which is today part of the estate, but who became excellent viticulturalists. In the early 19th century the estate was bought by a native of New Orleans of French descent who wanted to retire in Bordeaux. By the early 20th century the estate’s wines were considered so fine that they sold for more than the wines of Chateaux Margaux and Latour. The estate continued to be well-managed, and after several changes in ownership, it now belongs to the Dillon family, which also owns Chateau Haut-Brion. La Mission owns 51.6 acres of vineyards planted to 45% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc. La Chapelle de la Mission is made from grapes grown in the same vineyard as the flagship wine. Since the 2006 vintage, La Chapelle de la Mission also has been blended with grapes grown on former parcels of Château La Tour Haut-Brion, which was purchased by the Dillon family, who discontinued the La Tour Haut-Brion label.
The 2nd wine of the illustrious La Mission Haut Brion, sister-estate to the Graves First Growth Chateau Haut-Brion. Wines from La Mission Haut Brion are known for their plush texture and hedonistic pleasure, this is a wonderful age to be enjoying this wine. The 2009 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. The beautiful second wine, the 2009 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. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.