1999 La Chapelle de La Mission Pessac-Léognan

Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2006-2013
Case Size
12x75cl
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1999 La Chapelle de La Mission Pessac-Léognan
Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2006-2013
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, 8April 2002, Score: 88

The 1999 La Chapelle is a wonderful second wine, offering sweet tobacco and currants in a smoky, straightforward, luscious style. Enjoy it over the next 5-8 years. Drink: 2002 - 2010.

Producer

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Owned by the Dillon family since 1983, La Mission Haut Brion is without doubt one of the mostexceptional wines of Bordeaux. Across the road from Haut Brion, it regularly competes with its moreillustrious older sibling and has even outperformed Haut Brion in certain vintages, such as 2006 when Wine Spectator suggests that it "could be the wine of the vintage".

Region

Pessac-Léognan, Red Bordeaux

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.

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