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2013 Pessac-Léognan

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Village Pessac-Léognan

Darker, more oak-influenced aromas on the nose, quite tangy freshness leading to a fairly astringent finish as the acidity kicks in. Rating: 87-87 L&S (Apr 2014)

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The second wine of La Mission Haut-Brion, the 2013 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion was the result of a relatively severe selection. It is slightly rustic with high acids that give the wine a tart character. This is almost as much made of this wine as La Mission, because of the challenges of the harvest. Crisp, elegant pomegranate and red cherry notes, high acid and a narrowly constructed mouthfeel emerge from this pleasant, easygoing wine. Drink it over the next 5-8 years. 2014-2022 Rating: 85-86 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2014)

Rating: 85-87 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)

Merlot 52% Cabernet Franc 12.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 35.5% The fruit on the nose is sweet with a strong black fruit character. Cassis is very much to the fore on the palate with firmer black cherry underneath. Fresh fruits show at the back bramble and bilberry giving freshness and a lighter feel on the finish. 2018-28 Rating: 88-90 Derek Smedley MW, 2014)

Rating: 90 Tim Atkin MW, 2014)

(52 Merlot, 36 Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 Cabernet Franc) A very alluring nose of red fruit, dominated by a savoury tang, not unlike a top Sangiovese! Refreshing tannins and decent length, too. Good spice and quite high acidity and bite – it will be very pretty once it has shed its crisp tannins. Rating: 16.5+ Matthew Jukes 2014)

52% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% Cabernet Franc. Vegetal, leafy nose. Attractive chew to the tannins, but quite light. Missing core concentration. Very pretty – good, dainty balance and attractive floral perfume – but without huge substance. (RH) Drink 2016-2022. Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - 2014)

Fine crunchy red fruits over slightly earthy base, a touch of green that adds rather than detracts, good lifted length. Drink: 2017-2023. Rating: 16.75 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)

Shows a chalky frame, with racy red currant fruit and a bright sanguine note through the finish. An echo of pomegranate leaves a slightly tangy feel. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Rating: 87–90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2014)

Graphite, smoke, tar, game, licorice and black stone fruits take shape in the 2013 Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion. A dark brooding wine, the 2013 has plenty of intensity and more than enough depth to drink nicely for a number of years once the tannins soften a touch. This is a terrific showing. With time, the 2013 only gets better and more expressive in the glass. The blend is 52% Merlot, 35.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.5% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, 2014)

This is chewy and mineral with an oyster-shell and light iodine undertone. Full body, round tannins and a fresh finish. Intense acidity. Rating: 88-89 James Suckling, 2014)

The La Chapelle de la Mission has a light, herbaceous nose with moderate definition, a little stalky at this stage, the second sample tasted at the end of primeur evolving a tealeaf scent. The palate is a little hard on the entry with some under-ripe tannins and an attenuated finish that pulls up short. Rating: 83-85 Neal Martin, 2014)

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