Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) (see link below).
Chateau Chasse-Spleen, Moulis 2015 - Decanter review
"This delivers a stylish impression from the get-go with a really nicely focused dark berry nose and hints of fresh pastry. The palate has a smooth array of bright blackberry and plum fruits with smoothly cut tannins that layer up nice and even. Classy. Best from 2022. 94 points". James Suckling, james.suckling.com, February 2018.
"The pure red-fruit flavors of this wine shoot through the firm tannins to give freshness while allowing plenty of space for the development of the tannins. It is a wine that shows both the fruit and the structure of the vintage. 92-94 points". Wine Enthusiast, April 2016.
Château Chasse-Spleen was originally one piece of a much larger estate in Haut-Médoc called Chateau Grand-Poujeaux. There was a split in 1822, and what was once Grand-Poujeaux became 4 smaller estates: Chateau Gressier-Grand-Poujeaux, Chateau Poujeaux-Theil, Chateau Maucaillou, and Chateau Chasse-Spleen.
The origins of the name “Chasse-Spleen” are foggy, but often attributed to Lord Byron who visited the estate in 1821. Byron was so moved during his stay that he was quoted as exclaiming, “Quel remede pour chasser le spleen!” or (loosely): “What better remedy to dispel melancholy!”
Chateau Chasse Spleen was owned by the Castaing family until the start of World War I when it was purchased by a German wine merchants. It was later confiscated as enemy property during the war and sold at an auction in 1922 to the Lahary family.
In 1976, the estate was bought by the Merlaut family, owners of Chateau Gruaud Larose, Chateau Ferriere, Chateau Citran, and Chateau Haut Bages Liberal, as well as a successful négociant business. Under the management of patriarch Jacques Merlaut and his daughter, Bernadotte Villars, several changes were made: the production area was increased from 40 to 80 hectares, large portions of the vines were replanted to increase vine density, and the wine making facilities were modernized.
Jacques’ daughter Bernadette later assumed control of Chateau Chasse Spleen, and with consultation from Emile Peynaud, the quality of the wines produced went up considerably. Bernadette and her husband sadly passed away in 1992 after a mountaineering accident, and management of the estate was passed on to her daughter, Claire Villars.
Chasse-Spleen was a Cru Bourgeois until 2003, when the Chateau elected to leave the classification for political reasons.
The Chateau's vineyards feature a mix of varieties thus: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot
Average Age of the Vines: 30 years old.
Plantation Density: 8,000-10,000 vines per hectare.
Vinification: Vinified in a combination of stainless steel tanks and wooden vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat.
Aging: In French oak barrels (40% new) for 12-15 months before bottling.
Cellaring Potential: 8-15 years.
Annual Production: About 40,000 cases.
For more detail on this this, the 2015, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Chateau Chasse-Spleen, Moulis 2015 - fiche technique
Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 42%, Petit Verdot 5%, Cabernet Franc 3%.
This is a wine with finesse and medium body. Red and black fruits in good balance fruits dominate the nose, along with the aromas of vanilla and toastiness from the oak barrels. On the palate, there are also flavours of cocoa/chocolate. The wine has a beautiful intensity and fine length.
The 2015 vintage is delicious now for lovers of more untamed wines, but will be even better after a few years in the cellar.