|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel|
Gravelly dry feel. Toned and tight and fine. Black fruit and mineral. There's concentrated density, even if (as so often) it's hiding its charm at this stage. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Chasse-Spleen has a very elegant bouquet with neatly integrated oak, the terroir really showing through here, hints of cedar and smoke emerging with time. The palate is fresh as a button on the entry. It is cut through with a superb line of acidity that engenders superb tension, the tannins firm but fine with a subtle marine influence towards the persistent finish. This is a fabulous Chasse-Spleen, the best I have ever tasted from the estate. It could end up at the top of my banded score. Drinking range: 2021 - 2045 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
Dark crimson. Scented and rather voluptuous. Not forced. Medium weight. Very classic. Pimento and satin somehow! Bone dry. Tannins maybe just a tad too much? Just slightly sour on the rather sudden end. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2017)
A solid and linear young wine with blackcurrant and berry character, a medium to full body and a savory finish. Another excellent, young Chasse-Spleen. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2017)
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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