2014 Pessac-Leognan Rouge, Second vin de La Mission Haut-Brion, from Bordeaux.
Summer 2014 was marked by a remarkable and miraculous Indian summer. The 2014 Pessac-Léognan Rouge Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion, Second vin de La Mission Haut-Brion is a mirror effect of the contrasted year. This 45% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon wine reveals a great aromatic generosity on ripped red berry such as cherry with a cocoa hint as an olfactory finish. The attack, carried by a nice tannic structure, gives way to a more blended and fresher mid-palate (characteristic of this vintage). The fruity flavours agreeably linger on finish. The 2014 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is a complete Second vin.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2014 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion has a lightness of touch on the nose, very subtle and understated with pretty blackberry, bilberry and cassis scents gently unfolding in the glass, yet never getting too carried away. The palate is medium-bodied with tobacco-tinged black fruit on the entry. This has certainly gained more weight since I tasted it from barrel, exerting more presence in the mouth, although the finish just lacks a little complexity and seems rudimentary when compared to the Grand Vin. Drink now and over the next 6-8 years.