1990 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis

SKU #951384 90 points Wine Spectator

 Superclean and racy. Medium-dark garnet color, with pretty plum, floral and currant aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, very fine finish.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2002.  (8/ 2000)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1990 has evolved well and is displaying far greater intensity, medium to full body, herb and black cherry-scented flavors, soft tannins, and good ripeness and richness. It is not as super-concentrated as the brilliant 1989, but it is an immensely attractive, round, soft, well-made wine. Drink it over the next decade.  (2/ 1993)

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/14/2010  | Send Email
These old Chasse Spleen wines help me to better understand this whole wine aging thing. Why am I supposed to wait 20 years to drink this wine? Oh, this is why: soft, integrated tannins that ease effortlessly over the palate with a combination of flavors that just don't make it into the youthful versions. This is stunning wine that will impress you and whoever you decide to drink it with. Worth the money if you're going to really shell out for something nice.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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