La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion
Lovely bright hue. Clean on the nose, with considerable aromatic
intensity for a second-label wine.
Initially, lively fresh fruit flavors dominate,
followed by the cherry and smoky notes
typical of Graves wines from Pessac.
On the palate, one is struck at first by the wine’s full-bodied balance and then,
quite quickly, the firm tannins coat the mouth agreeably.
A mild start to the year, a very wet, hot spring, followed by a dry, scorching summer: such were the weather features of this year, which has become legendary both through its date and the quality of wine produced. Temperature records were broken: 1.5°C above average over the twelve months – a massive difference. September, hot and dry, followed suit, allowing harvesting to take place in the best possible conditions.
A few figures
From September 13th to 29th
Merlot: 3 %
Cabernet Sauvignon: 84%
Cabernet Franc: 13 %
From July 1st to 3rd 2002