2005 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis (Pre-Arrival)
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. Great, spicy new wood flavors are balanced by the intense, solid fruits and deep, almost brooding tannins. This is a big wine, but it still preserves a good sense of proportion." (06/06) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows blackberry and fresh mushroom on the nose. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and an aftertaste of chocolate and delicate fruit. Best after 2012." (03/08) And, according to Robert Parker: "Deep plum/ruby-colored to the rim, the medium-bodied 2005 Chasse Spleen offers up aromas of smoke, damp earth, charcoal, black cherries, and currants. The tannins dominate at present, so purchasers should cellar it for 5-6 years, and consume it over the following two decades." (04/08) ETA: Late Oct 2009.