2009 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis

SKU #1113097 92 points James Suckling

 Shows pretty plum and spice character, with full body, velvety tannins and a dried lemon and subtle fruit aftertaste. Rich and structured.  (2/ 2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. Dense tannins over delicious blackberry juicy fruit. A finely structured wine, good freshness and sweet aftertaste.  (8/ 2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Beautiful blueberry, black raspberry and cassis fruit as well as incense and graphite jump from the glass of this inky ruby/purple-colored wine. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, dense and rich, this is one of the stars of Moulis in 2009. Given its low acidity but abundant tannin, I suspect it could close down in a few years and last two decades.  (2/ 2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This polished, precise red exhibits delicious mulled black cherry, sleek cassis and dark plum fruit all inlaid with hints of toasted spice and mesquite. A nice flash of chalk helps give the finish cut. Drink now through 2015.  (3/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Bright crimson. Lovely aromas - rich, sweet-fruited and spicy. Firm, upright tannins filled out by just the right amount of flesh and balanced by an overall freshness.  (10/ 2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, moderately saturated red-ruby. Raspberry and licorice aromas and flavors are lifted by a violet topnote. Juicy and nicely ripe, with harmonious acidity energizing this medium-bodied wine. Finishes with firm tannins, a note of fresh herbs and good length, turning a bit dry as it opened in the glass.  (7/ 2012)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/27/2012  | Send Email
Spicy cherry, linear.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/27/2012  | Send Email
*+ More blackberry aromas and flavors. Fine structure. This is a big wine, with great depth of flavor.

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