2020 Château Chasse-Spleen has been released En Primeur this afternoon at £240 per dozen in bond.
We found the cask sample to notably elegant and with an excellent perfume on the nose, with high-toned, blackberry fruit; then quite lively acidity, firm tannins and a chalky texture, giving it a very classical feel. Julia Harding MW for Jancisrobinson.com also comments on the same harmony and freshness, describing it as a very 'complete wine', though one which will need some time (16+ points). Meanwhile, James Suckling awards the 2020 an extravagant 94-95 points, describing it as "A beautifully constructed young Bordeaux".
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|RED||2020||Château Chasse Spleen||75cl||£240 per case of 12||Château Chasse Spleen
2020 / / 75cl
£240 per case of 12
Tasting NotesCask sample taken 6 April. 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 6.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Cabernet Franc. Deep cherry red. Lovely mix of aromas: cassis, cassis leaf and a slightly sweeter damson, plus dark chocolate. Scented and open for an unfinished wine. Firm, chewy Moulis tannins but all in harmony with the fruit, and sufficient freshness to balance. A complete wine that certainly needs time. 13.5%. Drink 2028 – 2035. 16 + points. (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"The 2020 Chasse-Spleen offers attractive wild strawberry, blackberry and rose petal scents on the nose, which is well defined and very cohesive. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity, a smooth texture and cedar and leather notes infusing the red fruit. I am just seeking a little more backbone and grip on the finish of this Chasse-Spleen, although it should still give 15–20 years of drinking pleasure. 89-91 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------" A beautifully constructed young Bordeaux with blackberry, walnut, nutmeg, dried herb and bark. Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com