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+
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