La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion
Very lovely color, quite rich and deep.
Clean, supple and slightly sweet, with ripe fruit
and licorice aromas evident on the nose.
Neither vegetal nor grassy on the palate,
the wine has a smooth and uniform texture,
which enhances its mouth feel. Little by little, the tannins emerge,
lending their weight to the general impression of softness,
giving a wonderfully elegant and lengthy finish.
The overall impact is superbly harmonious for a second-label wine.
This vintage will be remembered for several extraordinary meteorological events. First came the eclipse of the sun on August 11th. The second phenomena consisted of two extremely violent storms that struck the Sud-Ouest. One came on August 7th and was severe but short lived and the second struck on December 27th with an unprecedented violence. It lasted from sundown until the wee hours of the morning with the hiatus being between 8PM to 10PM. ultimately, 1999 was a relatively hot year and 2% warmer than the mean temperatures recorded during the past forty years. This is a considerable difference. For the most part the year will go down as one with brutal climactic events.
A few figures
From September 8th to 24th
Merlot: 40 %
Cabernet Sauvignon: 55%
Cabernet Franc: 5%
From June 12th to 14th 2001