2010 Chateau La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pessac-Leognon
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92-95
Wine Advocate: 91-94
Vinous Media: 88-91
Jeff Leve: 91-93
James Suckling: 93-94
Red Wine


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"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." (WS)

"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." (WA)

"(47% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot and 26% cabernet franc; 14.8% alcohol) Dark ruby-purple. Cabernet sauvignon-dominated nose offers clean, spicy aromas of blackberry, minerals, cedar, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. Nicely delineated yet fleshy flavors of blackberry, minerals and tobacco leaf that avoid the austere feel of the Le Clarence de Haut-Brion. Peppery, youthfully chewy tannins gain sweetness with air on the long finish." (IWC)

"2010 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion produced from 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc is filled with smoke, tar, blackberry and tobacco scents. Full bodied, with layers of chocolate covered blackberries that end with a blast of fresh, juicy cassis." (JL)

"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 bright fruit in the end.$$" (JS)