2021 Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis-en-Médoc, Bordeaux

2021 Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis-en-Médoc, Bordeaux

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2021 Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis-en-Médoc, Bordeaux

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Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 28%, Petit Verdot 9%

This is an honest and open wine with some appealing plumpness on the bouquet, and an open structure and easy balance on the palate. Everything is ripe and it comes together as an easy drinking, well-made wine. Drink 2024-2032.

Our score: 14.5/20

Berry Bros. & Rudd (Apr 2022)

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Critics reviews

Jancis Robinson16+/20
Wine Advocate89-91/100
James Suckling90-91/100
Jane Anson88/100
Jancis Robinson16+/20

Nose suggests, somehow, a creamy texture to follow. Round and flattering with real vitality and fair balance. Just-ripe fruit with good freshness. Vigorous. Relatively fleshy for a 2021. GV?

Drink 2026 - 2038

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com (May 2022) Read more

Wine Advocate89-91/100

A strong effort, the 2021 Chasse-Spleen exhibits aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with pipe tobacco, loamy soil, rose petals and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless, it's lively and refined, with ripe tannins and a penetrating, saline finish. It's a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot, and only 55% of the estate's production went into the grand vin.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Apr 2022) Read more

James Suckling90-91/100

Medium-bodied with chewy tannins and an array of spiced-fruit, hazelnut and cocoa notes. Pleasant, savory finish. From organically grown grapes.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2022) Read more

Jane Anson88/100

Cheerful fruit, this is ruby in colour with violet reflections, inviting juice-filled fruits that hold the acidities on the right sidd of tart. well polished and hadled, carefully extracted, good quality. 33hl/h yield, 40% new oak. Tasted twice.

Drink 2024 - 2035

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About this WINE

Chateau Chasse-Spleen

Chateau Chasse-Spleen

Château Chasse-Spleen is the leading Moulis estate along with Château Poujeaux. Although it is classified only as a Cru Bourgeois, it regularly outperforms many of the Médoc's more renowned classed growths. There are two theories behind the château's rather unusual name: firstly, that, when Lord Byron visited the estate in 1821, he remarked `Quel remède pour chasser le spleen`. Secondly, that it is named after Baudelaire's poem, Spleen.

Chasse-Spleen's wines were always noteworthy, though the quality improved dramatically with its acquisition by the Taillan Group, which also owns Château Haut-Bages-Libéral, in 1976. It was run by Bernadette Villars until she and her husband were killed in an accident while hiking in the Pyrénées in 1992. The property is now run by her daughter Claire.

Chasse-Spleen's wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. It is matured in oak barriques (40% new) for 18 months and is bottled unfiltered.

Chasse-Spleen wines are typically deeply-coloured and full-bodied on the palate, displaying oodles of ripe, black fruit, minerals and sometimes hints of chocolate.

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Moulis

Moulis

This is the smallest of the six Médoc communes but boasts a wide variety of soils and terroirs. Moulis is one of the two communal appellations located on the Atlantic side of the Médoc. It is positioned directly south of Listrac and even though it adjoins Margaux - the Médoc appellation with the highest number of Cru Classé châteaux - there are none here.

In the context of the Médoc, Moulis is hilly country, studded with a diversity of gravels, limestone and clay. These are sturdy wines, but the best are capable of considerable longevity and are often seductively perfumed. Generally they have more power than Margaux wines, albeit with less finesse and elegance.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Chasse-Spleen, Ch. Poujeaux, Ch. Maucaillou.

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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