La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion
Beautiful intense red colour.
The nose initially displays fresh, ripe fruity notes.
Lovely hints of oak and vanilla enhance cherry and blackberry aromas with aeration.
The full-bodied and fruity palate reveals all the charming qualities of Merlot, underpinned by smooth, powerful and fresh tannins.
The medium-long finish is peppered with spicy overtones.
The winter of 2018-2019 was mild and dry. Cool temperatures in spring slowed down vine growth. Flowering took place in ideal conditions, without coulure (shot berries) nor millerandage (abnormal fruit set). Storm Miguel swept across the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region on the 7th of June, although our grapes were fortunately spared. Heavy, regular rainfall was conducive to vegetative growth, leading the vines to develop an impressive leaf canopy. The rain came to a sudden halt on the 22nd of June, and a series of successive heatwaves ensued. July was the third hottest in history after 2006 and 2013, with temperatures reaching a record-breaking 42°C on the 23rd. Fortunately, rain fell on the 26th, followed by cool nights in August, propitious to the synthesis of anthocyanins. Véraison (colour change) was slow but uninterrupted. September was marked by fine, dry and sunny conditions, interspersed by welcome rainfall. Thanks to this ideal spell of weather, all the grape varieties were harvested at peak ripeness and at a leisurely pace.
A few figures
11 September to 2 October
Cabernet Franc: 4.4%
Cabernet Sauvignon: 45.5%
From May 12th to 14th 2021