|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel|
Grown-up stuff. This is looking impressively sophisticated here in Moulis. Very fine, lovely layers of deep red fruit some expensive sandalwood notes and a lovely feel. Bravo. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Chasse-Spleen has a more rambunctious bouquet than the 2014 Camensac tasting alongside it, with fresh and very lively black cherry and boysenberry aromas mixed with cedar and pine needles. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine bead of acidity, lovely fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruit mixed with black pepper and tobacco towards the finish. What a delicious 2014 – one that should age with style. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Mar 2018)
A bit light and weedy. Decidedly pinched rather than amply fruity. Greenness on the finish. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 15 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)
The 2014 Chasse-Spleen has turned out very nicely. Medium in body and refreshing, it offers striking balance and class. Dark cherry, tobacco, flowers and a hint of spice add lovely nuances throughout. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Feb 2017)
The 2014 Chasse-Spleen is lithe, pretty and understated in this vintage, with lovely detail to match its mid-weight personality, but a bit less in the way of depth. Flowers, raspberries, blood orange, sweet spices and mint inform the gracious finish. Rating: 87-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(May 2015)
The Château Chasse-Spleen 2014 has a splendid nose in the making: lively and vivacious black fruit mixed with graphite and sous-bois, all well defined. The palate is ripe and delineation on the entry with its white pepper dashed black fruit, though I would like to see a little more nuance and precision develop on the finish by the time of bottling. This is a fine Chasse-Spleen in the making. Drinking range: 2018 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(May 2015)
Mid concentration of crimson. Light lifted nose. Very sweet start but a light green streak. Not that intense, rather hollow on the mid palate. And really rather green and drying on the end. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2015)
The nose has depth of fruit the palate starts with brooding black fruited richness. The black fruits the liquorice is underpinned by fresh black fruits lighter at the back bright on the finish. Drinking range: 2025 - 2032 Rating: 85-88 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Apr 2015)
I like the texture and savory character to this wine with silky tannins and juicy fruit. There are currants and chocolate flavors too. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2015)
Château Chasse Spleen
Remarkable Chasse-Spleen has always produced high quality wines, which, for the last thirty years, have been worthy of a Third Growth Grand Cru. The English translation of the name of this Cru Bourgeois property is ‘chasing the blues away’, making it one of the most poetic of all names in the Médoc. Owned by Claire Villars, Chasse-Spleen is the leading estate of the little known Moulis appellation, and the wines are of excellent quality. Taking a look around the property (and if you are lucky, being guided round by Jean Pierre Foubet, Claire’s highly entertaining husband) gives you a good idea why they are so well admired. A large estate, although not all plots are next to the château itself; the cellars are impeccably clean, and there is a beautiful tasting room overlooking the barrel cellar and vines.
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