2 hour decant. Drunk to assess drinking window. Tight, focussed fruit with tannic grip and touch of cocoa and liquorice. Drinks nicely if you like young high quality claret. I do - but the potential over the next 5-10yrs (?15) to integrate and open out at the same time into a 92+ wine means my next bottle will not be opened till 2016 at the earliest. Another quintessentially English style claret and a personal favourite!
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(Château Chasse-Spleen) Dark red violet color; appealing berry and cassis nose; tasty, structured cassis and berry palate with depth and a menthol note; medium-plus finish (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau Chasse-Spleen Moulis) A moderate depth of colour. Sweet and creamy, very primary fruit on entry, rich and expressive, with a seam of buttery crumble for good measure. Nevertheless a rather simple and straightforward palate, although it presents an appealing texture, nice extract and a ripe, charcoal-edged structure. All the necessary components are here, nicely balanced. Good potential.
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