Nose: Raspberries, other wild berries, black currants, leather. Mouth: Medium to full bodied wine. Noticeable tannins and acidity but just the right amount. Balanced and expressive. Just in the finish there is a slight bitterness as in so many Bordeaux other than in the top notch chateaux. Can be drunk now or put away for some other years.
Very nice right now, but to soften the tannins I needed to Vinturi it. It was much to tannic straight out of the bottle, the fruit could not show. I would probably wait 3 mores years before trying again. It is just too tannic now.
Very pretty (quality sweet oak imparted) bouquet for a Moulis-en-Médoc offering, which are typically quite rustic and earthy. Smooth and polished, arguably excessively so, yet still highly enjoyable. Time will reveal whether this wine sheds is fluff and reveals its rustic core or retains is modernly styled polish. Glad to have another bottle. In this vintage, I prefer Chateau Poujeaux. 90-92.
Opaque ruby/purple color turning rust at the rim with a transparent edge. The nose is quite dense at the onset, which requires a bit of aeration time to open up notes of dark fruits, damp garage, wet forest floor, leather, scorched oak and vanilla. The palate is dry; fleshy in texture; with a structure built for medium-term cellaring. Flavors of black currant, dark cherry, licorice, eucalyptus menthol, dark chocolate, espresso, meat and tobacco form the core. Finishes attractively with supple notes of vanilla bean, toffee, and dried herbs. Drink now with a 20-minute decant until 2025.
Still too young, nothing much to say except: what a disappointment. Doesn't fit into my wine collection due to quality under par. Can't understand why people his wine receives good reviews, must be the name
PWS (@ DE?): Tasted the Chasse Spleen 2010 and 2011 completely blind beside each other, only knowing it was Bordeaux. This will be one comparative tasting note. The 2010 showed a lot of vanilla and toast in the bouquet at first. Later it was a bit dusty with good cassis and graphite. The 2011 had the same toast, cassis and graphite, but also showed some smoke and peach(?). On the palate the 2011 was harmonious with the bouquet with dark forest fruits, oak, smoke, some sweetness, juicy acidity and mild tannin. The 2010 was 2 or 3 steps better on all points. Much more beautiful cassis and other dark berry fruits, some good bell pepper, firm but good acidity and oak, sticky tannin and firm bitterness. The 2010 still needs many years so it all can integrate. The 2011 was, with some air, much easier to like. Maybe most significant at the moment was the difference in color. The 2011 fairly light and even a bit transparent, while the 2010 was still purple and quite dark. Overall two nice wines with each their own merits; the 2011 probably at its peak between 2020 and 2025, but the 2010 will probably reach its maturity around 2024 and will most likely be really nice until at least 2030. My scores: 2011 87 - 88. 2010 91 – 92.
Carmine at the rim - shy nose of graphite and slight dark fruits. Medium bodied, a bit hard and angular at the moment, fresh and tannic - most of the fruit is buried at this point in time - leave a couple of years before trying the next bottle, not ready.
„Manga & Wine – Manga & Dine“ at Weinbar 4 Tiere in Zürich (awesome wine bar, by the way). Pairing 4, wine 2. We drank this Château Chasse-Spleen 2010 next to a Grace Cuvée Misawa 2011. The Château Chasse-Spleen was medium to dark ruby in colour and offered a tight nose of mixed berries, cucumber, graphite, cedar and some dark chocolate. On the palate the wine showed black currant, cherry, blackberry, raspberry and cucumber, paired with medium-plus acidity, medium-plus tannin and very good length. The discrete oak was well-integrated. A solid, medium-bodied Bordeaux. 88+
(Tasting Bar Sample) the young nose reveals a core of creamy ripe fruit good potential here, though seems very clean at this stage. Blueberry yogurt, creme de cassis, dark cherry, plum, bell pepper, herbs and furniture. Palate is ripe, dense and firmly tannic, repeating the herbal notes. Finish is medium plus repeating the cassis and blueberry notes. Good potential, but difficult to evaluate exactly how good this will get. In need of a good 15 years.
Deep ruby color. Nose of medium intensity with concentrated blackcurrant fruit and notes of oak. Medium to full bodied with very good balance between ripe tannins and acidity - overall very smooth. Does not show complexity yet, but it is drinkable now. Better in a few years and seems able to last long.
All wines were tasted blind this evening. This wine is as luxurious as the 2009 with good cassis and beautiful oak, licorice and dark chocolate. Good acidity but more firm tannin and bitterness. This is a wine for the long run. Probably entering young maturity between 2020 and 2024. In my score I include part of the potential. It can easily be 2 points more around 2025 - 2028.
Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2010 Vintage Tasting San Francisco, nose of black cherry, black currants, graphite, same on the palate, lovely, rich tasting fruit today, medium/big body, touch simple, medium/long finish, peak in 5 years.
Union des Grands Crus 2010 Bordeaux Tasting (Palace Hotel - San Francisco): Nice cassis aromas on the palate, along with coffee beans, red cherries, mint, and a bit of lead pencil. A stronger showing of lead pencil on the palate, as well as cassis, black cherries, black currants, leather, and leafy mint. A bit astringent on the nose and soft on the palate, but this is nice for the price. Good+
Although at this moment not really open and friendly, it has everything in it to become a beautiful wine. It is classical with dark forest fruits like cassis, has a beautiful dose of oak, has beautiful acidity and tannin and a good length. This wine is always a rival for Poujeaux, but this vintage I think I prefer the more classical and complete style of Chasse Spleen. A beauty already with great complexity and a promise for the future. It is a good idea to compare the two in 2020 and then decide which is really best.
Cask sample. Good cassis juice, graphite and oak in the bouquet. Good cassis juice, firm acidity and tannin and a good concentration. Focused. In this stage the wine is more classical and less open and friendly than Poujeaux. But in the long run I don't know who will be the winner; might be the Chasse Spleen. Anyway for today I score it one point less than Poujeaux.