La Chapelle Haut-Brion red 2016 fragrant and complex
The Merlot (36.5%), Cabernet Franc (21.5%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (42%) plants were harvested between September 19th and October 14th. These grape varieties gave La Chappelle de La Mission its backbone and aromatic freshness
La Chappelle La Mission Haut-Brion red 2016 is the second wine of La Mission Haut-Brion and has a deep red colour. The nose of this Pessac-Leognan is somewhat closed at this stage, but still ripe. Aromas of black fruits and notes of fresh fruits display its aromatic complexity. In the mouth, the attack is juicy. The tannins are tight and give the impression of biting into the grape itself. This second wine blend is a very beautiful vintage.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 36.5% Merlot, 21.5% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon picked from 19 September to 14 October. Matured in 23% new oak, it has a very succinct bouquet with tensile black cherry and pressed flower aromas, subtle at first but soon gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very precise and focused with razor-sharp definition. This is one of the most sophisticated La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion releases that I have tasted from barrel and it bodes well for the future. I expect this will nudge past the 2015 once in bottle. Let's see!