La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion

Produced in small quantities, this second wine is a gateway to the world of Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Its name is a nod to the chapel of La Mission Haut-Brion, built by Lazarist priests in 1698.

Tasting notes

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.

The weather

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

  • Harvest Dates

    From September 8th to 24th 

  • Blend

    Merlot: 40 %
    Cabernet Sauvignon: 55%
    Cabernet Franc: 5%

  • New barrels


  • Alcohol

    13 %

  • Bottling date

    From June 12th to 14th 2001