13.0% - No formal note. Quite surprised by how expressive this was at this stage, lots of fruit, creme de cassis and red fruits along with a mixture of cigar box, cedar, espresso, graphite with a refreshing acidity, the tannins were surprisingly soft and velvety, a good pronounced intensity on the nose and palate with a good persistence. This is promising for the years to come, but was truly impressive at this younger stage.
We decanted the wine for 45 minutes before we poured the first glass. It was medium to dark ruby in colour and offered black currant, cherry, blackberry, plum, leather, tobacco, cedar box and gamy notes on the nose. On the palate the wine showed black currant, cherry, plum and leather, paired with medium-plus prominent acidity, medium-plus fine tannin and good length. Overall the medium-bodied, medium complex, medium-concentrated wine was reasonably balanced; the acidity, however, was not integrated well and stood out. A little disappointing.
This was a half bottle bought recently at Carrefour's FAV for 10€. Not very aromatic, but immediately charming and fruity, surprisingly forward. Redcurrants and cranberry dominate, with a touch of plum. As the back label states rather honestly, 08 turned out much better than expected, which still of course means that it's not a top vintage. This is a medium bodied, easy going wine that will give great pleasure over the next two or three years, but no more. The front of the palate is well served by the charming fruit, but there is neither grip nor body, nor is there much of a finish. Good fun and a good QPR but not a great example of CS.
From 75cl. The French are different. For example, they serve excellent Bordeaux wines at fancy Embassy dinners 10 years before they reach maturity... (at least that gives us ignorant Germans a chance to check out future talent). Anyway, this delicious Moulis smelt and tasted of fresh blood, surprisingly rich and Merlot-led (hints of a fine youthful Pomerol?) But the palate is still hard-edged; my guess is that this will turn out to be a supple medium-bodied claret in a decade's time - for now it is all muscled up. If you like butch young red wine, this is one to drink in the flush of its buff youth. 90P
Last year I scored Chasse Spleen a point less than Poujeaux; this year a point more. The oak shows more luxury in the bouquet now, with good toast, cassis and coffee. On the palate good cassis, oak and tannin. Good acidity as well. Elegant and a fairly long finish. Will improve with another 4 - 5 years of ageing.
Moulis AOC. In the same vein as Sociendo Mallet, Siran, etc. - Performing at GCC level although officially unclassified. Second experiece with the CS 2008, first being at UGC tasting earlier this year. Nose of restrained berries and some cool floral elements. Q austere at first in the mouth, but develops roundness and complexity in the mouth. Medium body Acid, tannins and fruit all in great balance, only slightly bitter tannins at finish. V forward wine, only 3 years old and it's already enjoyable, may be the 50% Merlot that's responsible. Cru Classe standard as popularly asserted? Definitely, easily a 4GCC in quality (8.1/10).. http://sgbordeaux.blogspot.com/2011/06/chasse-spleen-2008.html