2020 Château Chasse-Spleen
Château Chasse-Spleen is one of the top houses in Moulis-en-Médoc. It is not a Grand Cru Classé, but it is not inferior in quality and even performs better on a regular basis. For a long time Chasse-Spleen had the 'Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel' status, but in 2003 the château itself stepped out of the ranking. “I have reservations about the principle of a hierarchy. There will always be the disgruntled few that will not accept being left out. There will always be legal proceedings. Consumers want stability, not court cases”, says Jean-Pierre Foubet, managing director of Château Chasse-Spleen.
Château Chasse-Spleen, together with Château Poujeaux, is the most important winery in Moulis. Although classified as Cru Bourgeois Exceptionelle, the wine surpasses many Medoc wines from the Grand Cru Classé. Chasse-Spleen has always produced good wines, but the quality has improved greatly after the acquisition in 1976 by the Taillan group, who also manage Château Haut-Bages-Libéral. The château was run by Bernadette Villars until she and her husband died in 1992 while hiking in the Pyrenees. The company is now owned by daughter Claire.
The Chasse-Spleen has a very elegant bouquet with neatly integrated oak, the terroir is really visible here. in the nose show red fruit, cedar wood and smoky notes. On the palate it has excellent acidity that provides extraordinary tension, the tannins are firm but fine. The 2020 Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis-en-Médoc is a blend of 49% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 4.5% petit verdot and 2.5% cabernet franc.
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Chasse-Spleen is the star of the municipality of Moulis next to Château Poujeaux. Already since the early 1800's when during a visit by Lord Byron in 1821 he spoke the memorable words: "Quel remède pour chasser le spleen", and in Dutch "what a remedy to cleanse the spleen" to which the Château is said to be name derives, Chasse-Spleen is an exceptionally good wine.
Château Chasse-Spleen is, together with Château Poujeaux, the most important winery in Moulis. Although classified as Cru Bourgeois, the wine surpasses many Grand Cru Classé Medoc wines. Chasse-Spleen has always produced good wines, but the quality has greatly improved after the takeover in 1976 by the Taillan group, who also manage Château Haut-Bages-Libéral. The château was run by Bernadette Villars until she and her husband were killed in a hike in the Pyrenees in 1992. The company is now owned by daughter Claire.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Château Chasse Spleen|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Drinking as of||2025|
|James Suckling rating||94|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|