Château Chasse-Spleen is the leading Moulis estate along with Château Poujeaux. Although it is classified only as a Cru Bourgeois, it regularly out performs many of the Médoc's more renowned classed growths.
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.
The nose is full of ripe red and black forest fruits but with a touch of earth adding complexity. The palate is polished and sophisticated with great concentration of fruit, very fine, powdery tannins and a toasty, savoury finish.
• Size: 750ml
• Vintage: 2009
• ABV: 14%
• Origin: Moulis / Bordeaux / France
• Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Petite Verdot