Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is the second wine from Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion. The vineyard is located in the commune of Pessac, just a few miles southwest of Bordeaux’s city center. It belongs to the Pessac-Léognan appellation, to the north of the Graves wine-growing region. The terrain at Haut-Brion, formed of two large mounds of a type of gravel known as Günzian because it was deposited during the earliest geologic stage of the Pleistocene epoch, rises between 40 and 50 feet above the beds of the neighbouring streams. This gravel consists of small stones, including various kinds of quartz, and it is these precious gems that help to give La Mission’s wines their distinctive character. The sub-soil consists of a mixture of clay and sand. The vineyard covers an area of 51 hectares (about 126 acres). Slightly more than 48 hectares are planted with red grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) and just under 3 hectares are devoted to white grape varieties (Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc).
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