La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion
A beautiful dark colour with bright red glints.
The nose is fragrant, fruity and ripe and as for the woodiness, it is discreet and delicate.
The first taste is gentle and smooth; then the tannins appear, but without dominating, on average length.
Maturation in barrels will smooth and hone the structure
to make this Chapelle 2021 even more delicious.
Mild temperatures in winter 2021 bring about an early budburst on 1st March. The incidence of frost on 7th April, which hits all winegrowing areas in France, spares La Mission Haut-Brion for the most part, thanks to its terroir. Cool temperatures in the following weeks slow down the vine’s growth and are accompanied by heavy rainfall in May and June, but this is not actually detrimental to good flowering. Work carried out by the winegrower is crucial during this year 2021. The vines need a great deal of attention. In August, thanks to a warm, dry turn in the weather and cool temperatures at night, eagerly awaited ripeness gradually reaches all the early-ripening plots of La Mission Haut-Brion. Every year, it is a decision-making process that takes into account the grapes’ ripeness and weather conditions which determines the date for the start of the harvests. After a season of changeable weather, these two factors reach a fine balance and enable us to pick the grapes serenely. The harvest begins in perfect climatic conditions. The grapes gathered are of extraordinary quality, both in terms of ripeness and aromatic characteristics, for all the grape varieties. Ultimately, 2021 is positively and most definitely a surprising year.
A few figures
from 20th September to 8th October
45.2% Cabernet Sauvignon
3.5% Cabernet Franc