2018 La Chapelle de la Mission (Pessac)

51.6% Cabernet Sauvignon/40.8% Merlot/7.6% Cabernet Franc. Harvest dates 10 September-2 October. Opulent, silky and dark-fruited. Beautiful mouthfeel. Full but lifted, refreshing finish. (NT 12/04/18)
Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux FRANCE
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92 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 16.5 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
91-93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
87-89 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
89-91 points, Chris Kissack

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Jane Anson

Gorgeously finessed blueberries and blackberries are fresh and full of juice. Not for the first time tasting these 2018s, there`s the feeling that this is a 2009 but with a little more freshness. Luxurious and silky, it`s perhaps a little atypical but easy to love. 3.96pH. 92 points

Julia Harding

40.8% Merlot, 7.6% Cabernet Franc, 51.6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvested between 10 September and 2 October. 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. 16.5 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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. 91-93 points

Antonio Galloni

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. 87-89 points

Chris Kissack

A blend of 51.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40.8% Merlot and 7.6% Cabernet Franc, picked between September 10th and October 2nd. A very expressive and confident nose, with plum stone, cherry stone and pretty notes of acacia flower and rose petals, with a dusty, peppery freshness. Certainly a rather elegant palate, a light-to medium body, with a supple presence, open and gently composed, but with a svelte bed of tannins and a real sense of vigour. Energetic, fresh, acid-bright, with a good grip and a harmonious finish. This is a successful second wine. 89-91 points

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