Bright ruby colour in the glass, with redolent red fruits and sweet vanilla on the nose. There is a peppery warmth to the aroma that follows on the palate, with sweet spices, boysenberry and blood orange at the core. Seductive and soft, this is a warming, sweet and juicy wine that will drink well when young.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The 2018 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is composed of 40.8% Merlot, 51.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.6% Cabernet Franc, harvested September 10 to October 2. Deep garnet-purple colored, it rocks up with ready-for-business scents of baked blueberries, raspberry compote and warm blackcurrants with touches of fungi, yeast extract, menthol and espresso plus a fragrant waft of red roses. Full-bodied, the palate has wonderful freshness lifting the black and red fruit preserves, framed by beautifully rounded tannins and finishing on a savory note.
|Score: 91/93||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
A solid second wine from La Mission with currants, blackberries and hints of fresh tobacco. Oyster shell as well. Full-bodied with firm and chewy yet fine-grained tannins. Driven and long.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is delicate, floral and savory. The aromatics are quite appealing in the Chapelle, but I find the mid-palate a bit lacking in both fruit and freshness. The finish is also both compact and short. My impression is that the wine is not fully put together just yet. The blend is 51.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40.8% Merlot and 7.6% Cabernet Franc.
|Score: 87/89||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Mid cherry red. Really juicy and lithe, the tannins folded into the fruit. Lots of freshness and tannic finesse with a spicy firmness at the end.
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
(51.6 Cabernet Sauvignon, 40.8 Merlot, 7.6 Cabernet Franc) | 22% new oak | 14.2 – 14.4% alc | 44 hl/ha | 73 IPT | Harvest started on 10th September and finished on 2 October This was officially the warmest summer ever, but it didn’t have the peak of 2003. The yields here were fine as they managed the mildew well and only got a little troubled with the Cabernet as yields were slightly down thanks to a very rare hailstorm. The nose is fairly deep and brightly red-fruited and the palate shows a lot of skin tannin which builds on the finish. The oak is well-judged and it barely makes itself heard. Overall this is a fresh style with a crisp acidity with a powdery tannin feel running the length of the flavour. It is rather more introverted on the palate than the nose would suggest and so there is need for some extra ageing before you decide to open this wine. I suggest at least ten years.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|