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2020 Château Chasse Spleen En Primeur

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".

Landing in spring 2023.

Limited availability.  To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk 

Château Chasse Spleen, Moulis en Médoc

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Château Chasse Spleen, Moulis en Médoc

Château Chasse-Spleen is a Cru Bourgeois estate in Moulis-en-Médoc.  It has a poetic name, with two often-quoted origins.  One story is that during a visit to the château, Lord Byron remarked 'Quel remède pour chasser le spleen` (roughly, 'what a remedy this place is for the blues'! Spleen relating to 'Splenetic'.  The other legend attributes the name to the poet Charles Baudelaire, visiting his artist friend Odilon Redon, a neighbour of Chasse-Spleen and illustrator of “Spleen et Idéal”, a poem by Baudelaire.

The estate is owned and run by Céline Villars Foubet and has been in her family since the 1970s.  The vineyard is halfway between Margaux and Saint-Julien, with a very varied mix of gravel, clay and limestone terroir.  The 92 hectares are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

RED 2020 Château Chasse Spleen 75cl £240 per case of 12 Château Chasse Spleen
2020 / / 75cl
£240 per case of 12
IB
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

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