Chasse Spleen 2015 is smartly made, but we couldn't help feeling a little disappointed by it. It lacks the intensity of Cantemerle and Poujeaux and comes across as rather four square. It is well constructed with some good dark fruit and earthy notes on the palate; after last year's showing, we had hoped for more.
Chasse Spleen is a Cru Bourgeois in the Moulis appellation. It vies with the likes of Poujeaux for the number one spot in this southern Médoc commune that is home to a number of great value clarets. Often tannic in their youth, the wines do need 6 or 8 years in the bottle before reaching maturity, but thereafter they can age very well indeed. This estate was particularly successful in the magnificent 2009 and 2010 vintages and the trend is towards a more accessible, earlier drinking style.
The Haut Medoc is a sub region of the Medoc, which covers some 4,643 hectares and incorporates communes such as St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Given the size of this appellation, there are a variety of different terroirs including clay, chalk and gravel. Most famous estates within the Haut Medoc defer to their more specific appellations, however, there are five classified growths that belong to the generic Haut Medoc AOC, The most famous being La Lagune and Cantemerle. Jean Gautreau’s Sociando Mallet is another noteworthy Haut Medoc estate.