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La Chapelle de la Mission 2012

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPessac-Leognan
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2012La Chapelle de la Mission NewBT240485.001291 AG28853.88888891.0091.00Chapelle de la Mission0.75
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Tasting Notes

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. Drink 2018-2032.

91
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016

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. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. Drink 2015-2030.

90
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

The elegant, medium-bodied, supple-textured, soft, velvety La Chapelle exhibits notes of damp earth, forest floor, raspberry and blueberry fruit. One-third of the production made it into this second wine, which should drink nicely for a decade or more.

Like its bigger sibling, the second wine, the 2012 La Chapelle de la Mission, was the result of a harvest that occurred between September 17 and October 9. (Keep in mind that the micro-climate of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion is essentially within a highly developed suburb of Bordeaux.)

87/88
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The Olivier has a slight smudged, over-egged bouquet that is missing the delineation and focus of its peers - as if trying too hard. The palate is better with quite gritty tannins and decent black earthy fruit, although there is a sense of conservatism towards the finish. I think this will improve after bottling. Tasted April 2013.

87/89
Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28.5% Merlot, 15.5% Cabernet Franc. Dark lustrous crimson. Something just a little skinny and herbaceous on the nose. Firm and dry on the palate. Very angular and with dry tannins dominating fruit. May always be a little demanding. Though it has the imprimatur of top-quality oak. Drink 2020-2028

16
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013

There is a fragrant violet charm on the nose with rich ripe black fruits filling out the palate. The ripe cassis and black plum is underpinned bilberry and bramble that refreshes and gives a lighter feel towards the back. The finish has lots of black plums rich and deep. 2018-30.

91/93
Derek Smedley MW, April 2013

Representing 33% of the total blend in 2012, the second wine of La Mission echoes the
quality of the grand vin. Fragrant, leafy and lifted, with notes of wood smoke and green
pepper, this is fleshy, textured and long with sweet oak, crunchy minerality and good
ageing potential.
Drink: 2020-30

94
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013
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