Tight and solid, with tobacco, berry, chocolate and vanilla throughout. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicious finish. Best after 2008.
A beautiful, soft, richly fruity wine with silky tannins, loads of blue fruits, and hints of smoky barbecue and graphite, the 2000 La Chapelle de La Mission is fleshy, evolved, and complex, a top-notch success that gets a slight upgrade from my original review. Drink it over the next 5-10 years.
In 2006, Chateau La Tour Haut-Brion changed its name to La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion as the second wine for the Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion. They produce two Semillon grape white wines called La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc (which was formerly Laville Haut-Brion) and, since 2009, La Clarté de Haut-Brion. The wines are made from grapes grown in the same vineyard, raised in the same manner, and benefit the same level of tending as those from Chateau La Mission Haut Brion. An interesting fact about the wines of La Chapelle is that a recurring word in tasting notes is “pleasure.” For the Chateau, it is important to them that their second label carry the same endearing qualities as the original estate.
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