2010 - La Chapelle de La Mission Pessac-Léognan
Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2019 - 2032
Case size
6x75cl
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2010 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Mission Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2019 - 2032
Case size
6x75cl
Available Later
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £736.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2011,
    Score: 92-95

    Brilliant ruby colour, this has a lovely vibrant violet aromas. In the mouth it has great depth of wild bramble fruits; this is open and full, balancing an appealing crispness with structure and harmony. Huge breeding highlights the new heights that all the 2nd wines have achieved. DR

  • NM

    Neal Martin, March 2011,
    Score: 91-93

    A bright purple colour, this has a rounded, opulent bouquet with great purity, the 27% Merlot ebullient and luscious. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, very elegant and refined with an almost understated and yet precise, minerally finish. Very caressing and refined.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2013,
    Score: 93

    The 2010 La Chapelle de la Mission, which includes the production from the now-extinct La Tour Haut-Brion vineyard, is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, which is a high percentage for the latter grape. Fleshy, succulent and opulent along the lines of the 2009 (which did surprise me ), it is a big wine, with boatloads of glycerin and a classic Graves character of scorched earth, burning embers, charcoal, and plenty of black cherry and black currant fruit. The glycerin level is high, the fruit level impressive, and the purity and texture endearing. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.Drink: 2013-2028

  • RP

    Robert Parker, May 2011,
    Score: 91-94

    The finest La Chapelle de la Mission ever made (this cuvee now includes the production from the now extinct La Tour Haut-Brion vineyard), the 2010 is composed of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc. With amazing viscosity, a thick, earthy, forest-scented nose and copious quantities of black fruits and minerality, plus full body and supple tannins, it should drink well for 15 or more years. Drink: 2011 - 2026

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, March 2020,
    Score: 93

    Made of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2010 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is deep garnet colored and has opulent scents of baked raspberries, Black Forest cake and blueberry tart with hints of star anise, prunes and spice cake. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, the palate has a solid frame of firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. Drink 2020-2032

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2011,
    Score: 93-94

    The second wine of La Mission shows a lot of restraint this year. Blueberry and lemon rind aromas and flavors. It's full and silky with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Tangy acidity and brightfruit in the end.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2011,
    Score: 17

    Lovely fragrance from Cabernet Franc, depth and harmony, expressive and elegant. Drink 2015-22.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2011,
    Score: 17

    17% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc. Dark lustrous crimson. Ripe sumptuous, top-quality nose. Very sumptuous and almost forward. Only on the end is one aware of the tannin and acidity. Very polished tannins until a slight stringiness on the finish betrays that this is not the grand vin. Chewy finish. But the fruit just goes on and on. Really pretty special stuff, apparently plumped out a bit. Will we see a third wine then?! 14.8%. Drink 2018-2028

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2011,
    Score: 92-95

    Offers a very sleek, seamless feel, with a rush of violet and pastis notes and a dense, sappy, plum-filled finish. Not as overtly bright as many other 2010s, but you know the freshness is there since this is big yet light on its feet. Tasted non-blind. -J.M.

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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

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.