La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion
The year was very dry, but the low rainfall was well spread out and ensured that the vines received the regular amounts of water they needed. A slightly cool summer delayed ripening, but conditions became ideal for harvesting from the 9th of September onward: relatively hot, sunny days, and an unusual north-easterly wind for the season. The grapes for the white wine, followed by the red, reached the vat room in perfect condition, without being touched by a single drop of rain.
A few figures
From September 23rd to October 8th
Merlot: 3 %
Cabernet Sauvignon: 65%
Cabernet Franc: 32 %
On the 1st and 2nd of June 2004