2018 La Mission Haut Brion La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion

Bordeaux Blend - 3L
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JS 94 JD 94 JL 94 WS 93 DC 92 WA 92
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, March 2021

Purity of blueberry, blackcurrant and chocolate character here. Shell and iodine. It’s full-bodied, chewy and structured with lots of cool tannins that lead long through the center of the wine. Second wine of La Mission...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

I loved the 2018 La Chapelle De La Mission Haut-Brion, which ranks with some of the finest second wines out there. Showing the classic elegance that is the hallmark of this terroir, its ruby/purple color is followed by...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

Full-bodied, rich, deep and concentrated with ripe, smoky blackberries and dark red pit fruit. The smoke, tobacco, dark cocoa, espresso and forest leaf complexities add to the experience. The long, smoky, fruit filled...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, January 2021

This has an enticing set of steeped red and black currant and mulled plum aromas and flavors, along with black tea, savory and tar notes that cruise in on the long, suave, mesquite-accented finish. Cabernet Sauvignon...
DC 92

Decanter, April 2019

Gorgeously finessed blueberries and blackberries are fresh and full of juice. Not for the first time tasting these 2018s, there's the feeling that this is a 2009 but with a little more freshness. Luxurious and silky, it's...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

The 2018 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is a blend of 40.8% Merlot, 51.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.6% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it comes galloping out of the glass with bold notions of...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2018
Size 3L
Percent alcohol 14.5%

Created by the noble Lestonnac family in the early years of the 16th century, the vineyard of Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion owes its name and its reputation to a missionary order commonly known as the Lazarites, who held the property from 1682 until the French Revolution.

The property is situated just opposite that of Chateau Haut-Brion, in the Pessac-Leognan appellation of the Northern Graves region. The vineyard covers an area of 29 hectares of which 26.60 hectares are planted with 42.7% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10.3% Cabernet Franc with an annual production of 6,000 to 7,000 cases. Over 3 hectares are devoted to white grape varieties (Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc).

In 1983, the Dillon family, already owners of Chateau Haut-Brion, added Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion to Domaine Clarence Dillon’s holdings. The new owners immediately set to work on an ambitious renovation program for the property, giving La Mission a new lease on life.

In the space of twenty-five years, the Dillon family, having fallen under the spell of this enchanting estate, successfully completed their impressive makeover of Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion so that for many years to come , it might continue to offer wine connoisseurs the world over a little glimpse of paradise in each bottle.

The 2018 La Mission Haut Brion La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion is a Bordeaux Blend from the renowned Bordeaux region of France. This captivating red wine exudes elegance and sophistication, showcasing the expertise of La Mission Haut Brion, a highly esteemed producer. With a deep garnet-purple color, this wine is visually stunning, enticing wine enthusiasts to delve into its complex aromas and flavors.

On the nose, the La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion offers a beautiful bouquet of gorgeously finessed blueberries and blackberries. These fruits are fresh and bursting with juicy flavors that awaken the senses. There is a distinct feeling of similarity to the 2009 vintage, but with a touch of added freshness, making it a truly unique and delightful experience.

Upon tasting, the wine reveals its luxurious and silky texture, displaying a level of finesse that is easy to love. The palate is filled with luscious black fruits, dominated by blackcurrant pastilles, stewed black plums, and boysenberries. These flavors are complemented by hints of chocolate mint, pencil lead, and clove oil, adding depth and complexity to the wine. The ripe, rounded tannins contribute to a well-balanced structure, while the refreshing acidity brings vibrancy to the wine.

Notable wine critics have praised the 2018 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion. Decanter awarded it a score of 92, highlighting its luxurious and silky nature. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also awarded it 92 points, emphasizing the wine's jam-packed juicy black fruits and long, spicy finish. James Suckling awarded it an impressive score of 94, acknowledging its purity of fruit and cool tannins. Wine Spectator scored it 93, noting its enticing aromas and suave, mesquite-accented finish. Jeb Dunnuck gave it a score of 94, comparing it to some of the finest second wines available.

This exceptional wine, with its captivating flavors and elegant structure, is a true testament to the craftsmanship of La Mission Haut Brion. It is a wine that can be enjoyed now, but will also benefit from further aging. For optimal enjoyment, it is recommended to wait until 2025 or beyond to fully appreciate its softened tannins. The 2018 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion is a wine that will undoubtedly delight connoisseurs and collectors alike, offering a remarkable drinking experience for years to come.