Red

1989 Château Chasse-Spleen

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Moulis en Médoc
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Community Tasting Notes 176

  • ohne_musik wrote: 89 points

    September 12, 2020 - From auction. Cork broke 2/3 down using ah-so, but still managed to extract. Probably lack of skill more than anything. Upon reveal, nose is a bit musty to start but dusts off after an hour. Palate is clean, rich, with ample faded red fruit and appealing tertiary notes of pipe tobacco and library books. Very nicely balanced without any major signs of impending decline. The only thing missing is complexity of flavors - it’s a bit plain spoken. Still very enjoyable.

  • WineAggregate Likes this wine: 90 points

    June 22, 2020 - My last bottle, and probably a good thing, since its probably now in decline. Delicate, forest floor and decayed leaf litter, lost a bit of its vibrancy and complexity, but still very enjoyable.

  • joseduca Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 21, 2020 - Very hot day. Pristine cork (how??) and dense color and legs. Can’t smell the blood (sorry Neal) but the dried fruits and flowers are still dominant. Full body and still going strong, keep it for another ten years. Great effort, very smooth on the plate.

  • TahoeSki Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 28, 2020 - Cork intact, 1/5 soaked. Cedar and herbs on the nose, and my wife smelled tobacco. Needed 2 hours in decanter to open. An excellent and impressive mature wine I wish I had more of. I didn't notice any fruit. Definitely dug the old school vibes! No need to wait on these; more in cellars than consumed? Go grab one!

  • Dvogt wrote: 93 points

    May 11, 2020 - Blackberry, boysenberry, black olive with a nice acid back bone. Very pleasant.

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  • By Neal Martin
    Vinous Table: Brat, London, UK (Aug 2018), 8/1/2018 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009 (link) (16-16.5+) points

    (Chateau Chasse-Spleen Moulis) Typically mature hue. Perfumed violets, then rust, roast meat and iron, overall a very classic claret profile. A touch organic, perhaps farmyardy, and a hint of cabbagey brie too, so certainly some very evolved, tertiary aromas here. A nice entry, supple, but it seems to lack some substance on the midpalate. There are nuances of flesh and flavour, but it never seems to fully round out on the palate, although it has a nice mature character, very evolved as the nose suggests. It still has a good tannic backbone, showing a slightly rustic firmness here. This doesn't seem as praiseworthy as my last two bottles, which were both very good. An intriguing wine, still with some substance, but some unusual characters too. Nevertheless, certainly an interesting bottle.

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2008 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau Chasse-Spleen Moulis) This wine has a dark and maturing hue, and on the nose a pleasingly mature character, with violets, sweet and roasted fruits, all presented in quite a pure, lifted, perfumed and minerally fashion. There is a nice texture apparent on entry, with some really very good flesh and richness in the midpalate. There is still a nice backbone of tannins, which also come out at the edge of the wine, but overall this is a very well integrated mouthful with smoothly polished corners. There is good substance right to the finish, and little nuances of tobacco alongside the fruit. Overall I am impressed, and perhaps more importantly although fully mature there is no urgent need to drink up. That's good - I have the best part of a case to drink yet..

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2008 (link) 17 points

    (Chateau Chasse-Spleen Moulis) An unsurprising maturing hue, but it is still in possession of a good depth of red pigment. On the nose there is plenty of interest, as it shows aromas of rusty iron filings and violets. This is an attractive, mature perfume. The pleasure rolls on on the palate, which has a lovely style, gently tannic, and well integrated on the whole, with notes of dry, cedary wooden cabinets, but still with a little flourish of berry fruit which rounds out the nose as well. It has a slightly bitter presence, but is structured and clean. It is a wonderful food wine, showing a lean substance and a mildly complex flavour, with notes of violets, pepper and more. And it has a lovely, reserved textural quality. It finishes with a tannic, savoury flourish. The second bottle showed a little more substance, more flesh and weight, and also a more convincing tannic grip that suggests that this wine will continue to do well in the cellar for a few years yet. Overall, both bottles were very approachable and gave much pleasure, but they have a little more in the bank yet, with a persistence of tannins on the finish, especially when considering the second bottle. Overall, very good indeed.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1989
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Chasse-Spleen
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Moulis en Médoc

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 20 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,191 (56%)
  • Consumed 905 (43%)

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Community Recommendations

Barbary duck breast, cauliflower cheese (Stilton), filet steak, Irish lamb filet, poussin, quails with baked epoises and sweet onion chutney accompaniment, rolled boned leg of lamb, Uruguayan rare entrecôte, venison steak

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