2010 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066811 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 All structure and tannin over the austere black fruits. The wine at this stage is powered by its texture rather than the fruit.  (6/2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A beautiful effort from Chasse-Spleen, this dense purple wine exhibits plenty of black currant and black cherry fruit with some licorice, roasted herbs and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and supple, the final blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot has produced a fleshy, succulent style of Chasse-Spleen to drink over the next 15+ years.  (2/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Very supple and refined, with a crumpled velvet feel to the smoldering bay, tobacco and mulled spice hints surrounding the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Flashes of cedar and sandalwood hang through the fine-grained finish. Rustic and lovely. Drink now through 2017  (3/2013)

88-89 points James Suckling

 A wine that is almost salty as well as fruity. Full, juicy and lightly chewy.  (4/2011)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2013 | Send Email
Super elegant nose, very long on the palate with pretty fruit. Impressive.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2013 | Send Email
Black fruit and spice. This has a good finish with lots of astringency.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2013 | Send Email
*+ Fresh cherry fruit flavors, but not overly extracted. Tannins are firm but round. A cellar pick.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2013 | Send Email
This full-bodied wine has very deep, dark fruit, a super mineral-driven personality and slick tannins on the lively finish. This is more rustic and beefy than the 2009, but with plenty of freshness. A little more time in the bottle should do wonders.

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