Chateau Chasse-Spleen 2016

Chateau Chasse-Spleen 2016

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Chateau Chasse Spleen was once part of a large estate called Grand Poujeaux. In 1820, the estate was divided to his heirs and the son received Gran Poujeaux and the daughter inherited vineyards without any name. The daughters land would eventually become 3 estates. In 1863 Chasse Spleen was born. Legend has it that the name was inspired by a visit from Lord Byron in 1821 when he said "Quel remede pour chasser le spleen", or taken from Charles Baudelaire's poem "Spleen". Just before WWI, the estate was sold to a Geman family called Segnitzs. After the end of the war, the estate was confiscated by the French government as enemy property and sold at auction to Prosper Lahary. Although Prosper Lahary saw the estate as an investment, his son Frank brought the estate to new heights. His wines would continually upset the 1855 Classification until he sold the Chateau to Jacques Merlaut in 1977. The Merlaut family has doubled the size of the estate and added whimiscal sculpures on the land.

Today there are 8-0 hectares planted. 73% is Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.

The Merlaut family owns several other Chateau including Chateau Gruaud Larose, Chateau Ferriere, Chateau Citran and Chateau Haut Bages Liberal.
Wine Advocate: 94
The 2016 Chasse-Spleen has a very elegant bouquet with neatly integrated oak, the terroir really showing through here, hints of cedar and smoke emerging with time. The palate is fresh as a button on the entry. It is cut through with a superb line of acidity that engenders superb tension, the tannins firm but fine with a subtle marine influence towards the persistent finish. This is a fabulous Chasse-Spleen, the best I have ever tasted from the estate. It could end up at the top of by banded score.
Decanter: 90
The fruit here is good, ripe and carefully extracted. There is freshness and the whole thing hangs together with well worked tannins, offering excellent quality for the mid-tier price of Mdoc wines.
Wine Enthusiast: 92
This wine is soft and ripe, with finely integrated tannins. The acidity gives it a great lift, and is framed by those fine, dusty tannins.
Vinous: 93
The 2016 Chasse-Spleen has a wonderful, detailed, mineral-driven bouquet that feels like a coiled spring at the moment. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, impressive depth and a pure but grippy, convincing finish. One of the best Chasse-Spleen in recent years. Bravo! This might represent one of the best quality-to-price ratios on the Left Bank.
James Suckling: 93
A solid and linear young wine with blackcurrant and berry character, a medium to full body and a savory finish. Another excellent, young Chasse-Spleen.

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