In a nutshell: Lovely mature Bordeaux from one of the best estates of the Haut-Médoc.
The lowdown: Probably one of the two best estates in Moulis-en-Médoc appellation the wonderfully named Chateau Chasse-Spleen has been renowned for over a hundred years for producing a classic style of wine of consistent quality. Having seen major investment and modernistaion from the 1970s on Chasse-Spleen has firmly cemented itself as one of the top unclassified growths on the left bank in the 21st century. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (with a little Petit Verdot) from the excellent 2010 vintage there are plenty of dark fruit, cassis, liquorice, spice and dried herb aromas leading onto a soft, textural palate with well integrated tannins and a long length. A real classic Médoc from a great vintage that has benefited from a nice bit of ageing.
When to drink: Ready to drink now though will keep 5+ years.
Château Chasse-Spleen stands alongside Château Poujeaux as the foremost estate in Moulis, one of the six village appellations of the Haut-Médox. Although only classified only as a Cru Bourgeois, on its day it can outperform plenty of the Médoc's more renowned classed growths. While Chasse-Spleen's wines have always had a good reputation the quality went through a step change for the better with its acquisition by the Taillan Group back in the 1970s. Since 2000 the property has been under the direction of Céline Villars-Foubert and has continued to live up to its much vaunted reputation. There is a total of 80 hectares of vines of which over 70% are Cabernet Sauvignon with mostr of the remainder being Merlot. The Grand Vin is matured in oak barriques (40% new) for 18 months and is bottled unfiltered. Typically deeply-coloured and full-bodied on the palate, a typical Chasse-Spleen oozes ripe, black fruit, minerals and sometimes hints of chocolate.