A beautiful, soft, richly fruity wine with silky tannins, loads of blue fruits, and hints of smoky barbecue and graphite, the 2000 La Chapelle de La Mission is fleshy, evolved, and complex, a top-notch success that gets a slight upgrade from my original review. Drink it over the next 5-10 years.
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010|
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
|Score: 89/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002|
Readers looking for an excellent value should seek out the limited production of La Mission's second wine, La Chapelle de la Mission. The top-notch 2000 offers a sweet, jammy nose of caramel, blackberries, cassis, and smoke. High levels of glycerin coat the mouth like melting marrow. Sweet, deep, full-bodied, and hedonistic, revealing much of La Mission's style, it is best consumed during its first 10-12 years of life.
|Score: 90/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
|Score: 90||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 03), March 2003|
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003|