Chateau LA MISSION HAUT-BRION Pessac-Leognan "Chapelle De La Mission Haut-Brion" 2012

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Wine Region: Bordeaux - France

Grape: Merlot, Petit Verdot,Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Tasting notes: A subtle nose of earth, tobacco and cassis move to fresh, polished red berries, and an herbal, crunchy blackberry and cassis finish.

About the winery: Despite its close proximity to Haut Brion and the chateau's shared ownership since 1983, La Mission Haut Brion's lineage is quite distinct from that of its First Growth neighbour. In the late 16th century a plot of land owned by the Roustaing family was sold to the Lestonnacs, who implemented the first focused approach to winegrowing on the property. The winery remained under their control for over 100 years until the land was willed to the priests of the Mission of Saint-Vincent de Paul in 1654. After taking over the estate, the priests advanced the wine's reputation to such an extent that its fame spread as far as the royal court in Paris. But after 130 years of successful winemaking, their tenure came to an abrupt end. The eruption of the French Revolution saw church properties confiscated and sold off by the state, with the chateau's name left as the only reminder of its ecclesiastical past.

In 1821 La Mission Haut Brion was bought by the Chiapella family from New Orleans. Their regime was not remarkable in terms of viticultural development, though they did improve the aesthetics of the neglected estate significantly. Eight decades later, La Mission Haut Brion was sold to the Establissements Duval, which saw it pass through the hands of numerous families in a very short period of time. In 1919, Frederic Woltner took over control of the property and began restructuring the vineyards and radically modernising the estate. Family tensions, however, led to the sale of the estate to Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owner of Haut Brion, in the early 1980s.