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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 66 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Chasse-Spleen (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationMoulis en Médoc
UPC Code(s)3277034611237

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2016 (based on 29 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Chasse Spleen on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.1 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 77 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by mark_m_owen on 1/28/2015 & rated 90 points: This went skiing and the chalet liked this wine. Great blackcurrant, good notes of tobacco and choc. Fruit forward but there is more to this wine if you let it breathe and warm a little. Like many 03s, don't pop and pour unless you want to reaffirm the stereotype of the vintage. (728 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/24/2014 & rated 91 points: Decanted two hours before drinking. Beautiful and très Bordeaux bouquet with good cassis, graphite and lovely smoky oak. Same on the palate plus other dark berry fruits, good acidity and round tannin. The wine is completely ready now and will probably stay on this level until 2018 at least. I have one more bottle, so there will be a follow up. (1410 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/16/2014 & rated 90 points: fruity and tasting new world. ruby to rim, soft tannins, low acid, medium bodied baked dark fruits. (1737 views)
 Tasted by johneagle on 7/2/2014: indifferent (2378 views)
 Tasted by theusualsuspect on 12/30/2013 & rated 90 points: Fourth bottle of a case - never seen a temp above 53 since acquisition upon release. Like many 2003's basically a fruit bomb, although a fine one. Beautiful cabby cassisy black fruit across the mid palate without much if any complexity ( and it will never in my view develop complexity) - no cigar box, no cedar, etc. - just rich tasty fruit. Like many 2003's in my experience (twice with this wine) the fruit bomb makes it a wow drink for those who are not particularly knowledgeable about wine, but it also makes it a fine and acceptable drink for those who are very much into wine. Has surprising length given its pedigree but at the end I get that tip of the tongue acid note that I associated with acidifying. Have really well stored bottles of this wine? They will keep just fine.

Almost reminds me of a poor man's Rausan Segla. (3598 views)
 Tasted by Andrewbdc on 12/26/2013 & rated 85 points: Clear, dark purple red, fading slightly to the rim. Clean nose, cassis dominant, but some green notes too. Thin to medium palate, tannins not that well integrated, fruits fading a bit, acid still a bit dominant. Medium finish. Disappointing. However, second tasting seven hours later showed the wine more positively, had filled out a bit and come together more in the glass. Seemed it needed a lot more contact with air than I had given it initially (2 hours in a decanter). So I've upped my score slightly on this basis, but it's still not anything to write home about. (3045 views)
 Tasted by Petberg on 11/17/2013 & rated 90 points: Donker fruit, stevige structuur (vlezig) na decanteren, wat aan te raden is, paddestoelen, aards en wat tonen van balsamico. (3059 views)
 Tasted by Andrewbdc on 6/21/2013 & rated 84 points: 2003 Bordeaux Tasting with Friends (Chez Moi, Paris): Clear, dark ruby red, fading a little to the edge. Clean nose, lots of dark fruits but slight green notes, with time some spice. Light-medium palate, fruit starting to fade, tannins very evident and strong acidic backbone. Shortish finish. Feels like this isn't going to have time to come into balance before the fruit fades completely. 24 hours later: More complexity on the nose but palate remains unbalanced and rather thin and sharp, even though the tannins have softened. Drink up but give it time in a decanter. (3824 views)
 Tasted by graemeg on 4/8/2013: NobleRottersSydney - 2003 reds (Pazzo, Surry Hills): [cork, 13%] {Graeme} Double-decanted 3 hours prior. It’s an aging Bordeaux nose, but it does veer a little on the baked side, even through the smoky, cigar-box aromas. There’s a nod to currant fruit on the palate, with medium dusty tannins, and medium body. Acid is fairly soft, and although it coats the tongue evenly, there’s a warmth denseness of texture you mightn’t expect and which just costs it a little for freshness. It was a scorching vintage; this doesn’t taste too hot, but I don’t think it’s got anywhere further to go and should be drunk (enjoyed) over the next few years. (3895 views)
 Tasted by fc1910 on 3/11/2013 & rated 89 points: superb and intense cassisnose, for this very hot and dry year impressively fresh on the palate, not too smooth, little harsh, oldschool style, herb elegance, mid- to fullbodied, blackberrys, earthy, smoky, long finish, long life ahead, 88- 90+? (3133 views)
 Tasted by Fat cat on 2/17/2013 & rated 88 points: A pretty wine, eminently drinkable but didn't excite me. (3100 views)
 Tasted by Stefanos T. on 1/26/2013 & rated 88 points: After having had recently the excellent 2000 Chasse-Spleen, this was a relative dissapointment.
Fruit was almost overripe, pruney but flavorful. Still tannic and lacking in finesse. (3141 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 1/24/2013 & rated 91 points: Dark ruby-garnet. Expressive nose of coffee, liquorice, cedar, pencil shavings, dark cherry and spice. Medium+ bodied and fleshy, with juicy tannins, balancing acidity and a long aftertaste. Fruit is ripe but by no means cooked or jammy and overall the wine is balanced and at a good point to be enjoyed with 5 to 10 years of life ahead. (2507 views)
 Tasted by Finare Vinare on 1/18/2013 & rated 91 points: What a crazy year it was! The european climate moved south just to confuse us all. No, this isn't exactly your textbook bordeaux, but quite a nice sniffer anyway. Deep aromas of strawberry jam, english fruitcake, ripe plums, sweet liquorice, spicebox and good vintage port. On the palate big, smooth and fruity - and surprisingly well balanced. No dry, hard or dusty tannins. No heaviness or excessive alcohol. Well, not really much of a structure to match food either. But lots of dense ripe silky fruit and almost grenache-like hedonistic pleasure (strange thing RMP didn't like it more). Now and over the next few. On its own, or with cheese. (2639 views)
 Tasted by unrelenting on 12/1/2012 & rated 89 points: very fruit forward but lacks structure to be taken seriously. I'll give my last bottle another 2 yrs just to see what happens to it -- it has the fruit to remain interesting. (2066 views)
 Tasted by irongatewine on 5/2/2012: enjoyed very much (3317 views)
 Tasted by The Chaplin on 4/24/2012 & rated 88 points: Good fruit, earthy, some way to go as took a while to open out. Keep another 1-2 years. (3129 views)
 Tasted by Ludi on 4/23/2012 & rated 90 points: Very dark garnet with ruby rim. Nose reminds of blueberry, black currant, ink, mint, coffee. Intense mouth, silky but only slightly bitter tannins. Long finish. (3295 views)
 Tasted by peterchoy on 4/13/2012 & rated 88 points: Appearance: Bright and clear, deep intensity ruby colour, with garnet rims and legs.
Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity and developing aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, blackberry, liquorice, cedar, chocolate and savory.
Palate: Dry, with medium acidity and medium tannin of ripe and fine-grained texture. Medium in alcohol, showing medium (+) body and medium intensity flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry, cedar and cloves. Medium in length.
Conclusion: Good quality Bordeaux with a fairly intense and complex nose, showing good development. On the palate, the wine is overall in balance, reasonably intense but comparatively not as complex as the nose, with a reasonable length. Ready to drink now but can benefit from further ageing of another 5-7 years. (3205 views)
 Tasted by theusualsuspect on 3/10/2012 & rated 90 points: I'm becoming a large fan of many 2003 Bordeaux because of the beautiful fruit expression in mid palate albeit with not much delivery at the finish, and my guess is that it never will be there for many of these wines - a trade-off I find increasingly attractive. This is another example - beautifully pure fruit in the midpalate - on the black fruitish side. It is Bordeaux - lacking the density and weight of New World equivalents; all the while in the modern bordeaux style style. Just beautiful fruit without any hint of a hard edge; tanninc, acid, whatever. It would be easy to say this wine is lacking, which it is perhaps in terms of balance, but what it has is more than enough for me. (3122 views)
 Tasted by tekygeek on 1/1/2012 & rated 90 points: Wonderful fruit from a hot year. Was pouring very well this evening. Can age more but why wait. Enjoy now (3696 views)
 Tasted by Friar Tuck on 11/13/2011 & rated 89 points: Nov 2011, this is drinking perfectly right now. Lovely balance of fruit and tannin, muted bouquet
Opens nicely at room temperature and with 1 to 2 hr after decanting. Might be better to use an aerator.
Only a little chunky sediment so apart from aeration it doesn't need decanting.
I really like this style. (3980 views)
 Tasted by barcud on 9/16/2011 & rated 89 points: My word, what a difference 18/12 makes. Opened and poured after an hour. Same brick red with good extract, vegetal nose with crushed summer berries, soft entry with round tannins, spice and fruit. long. This wine is at its peak and will only decline over the next few years. A real suprise for an 03 (3954 views)
 Tasted by Captain Haddock on 9/15/2011 & rated 88 points: This had a relatively evolved colour and a nice nose with lead pencil and earthy notes, and a hint of dark berry bruit. Medium-bodied texture with a lack of fruit in the mid-palate that was accentuated on day 2. Slightly coarse tannins on the finish, which again were even more obvious on day 2. This is not bad for a wine that cost £11 en primeur, but I would drink up in the next couple of years as the fruit seems to be receding. (3912 views)
 Tasted by bino on 8/26/2011 & rated 88 points: Dark crimson colour, nose of cassis, blackberries and other dark fruits, cedar, bit of oak. Medium tannins & acids & alcohol, too thin, watery for this type, length is too short: okay wine, but not great anymore, shouls probably be drunk quickly (3979 views)
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Château Chasse-Spleen

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Médoc

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The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

 
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