An exploration of wine

317. Château La Mission Haut-Brion, La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan, 2001

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Book 2 Wine 317

£19.14; 12.5%

After 2001 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose being distinctly tannic and less-than-mature, I was a little nervous about cracking this in Jan 2007 at my brother and sister-in-law’s. No need to worry, as it’s starting to drink well now. Acidity also helped it stand up to tomato-basil bean stew. I’ve 5 more, so can track its evolution over the next 3-5 years. Mid-depth black-garnet core with a narrow, still youthful rim. Open nose, focussed on blackcurrant fruit, with some complexity of bacon, cloves, a touch of smoke and of vanilla. Some tannic bite and refreshing acidity made quite a harmonious, savoury blackcurrant flavour. A food wine. Medium length & body. Good.

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