2017 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Moulis-en-Médoc

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Moulis-en-Médoc
Classification Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel
ABV 13%

Some leafy red fruit. A little bit hollow on the mid-palate. Definitely at the lighter end of the spectrum. Tannins are slightly chewy and drying on the finish. Not the most generous or charming Moulis from the vintage. It's ever so slightly austere but it was undoubtedly a tricky season here and it must be seen in that context. Rating: 86-88 L&S (May 2018)

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The 2017 Chasse-Spleen is a wine that I encountered two or three times during my tastings. I have a lot of admiration for this property however, every time I found evidence of under-ripeness on the nose that fed through onto the palate, whilst the finish is rather astringent. After great wines in both 2015 and 2016, the 2017 seems compromised by the growing season. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, (May 2018)

Mid cherry red. Leafy graphite and fresh, cedary red and black fruit. Expressive. On the palate, thick and chewy tannins. Just fresh enough. Needs longer than some to be approachable. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 15.5 Julia Harding MW, (Apr 2018)

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Chasse-Spleen has a nose of baked blackberries and plum preserves with tapenade and hoisin hints. The mouth is medium-bodied, firm and chewy with a slightly lean mid-palate and short finish. Rating: 82-84 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, (Apr 2018)

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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