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1989 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis

SKU #950168 92 points Vinous

 The 1989 Chasse-Spleen offers chestnut and black truffle on the nose, with a touch of dried blood, comfortably revealing in its secondary aromas. The palate is wonderfully balanced, the dusty black fruit laced with cedar and charcoal, a hint of soy on the “old school” finish. The 1989 has held up wonderfully and, though maybe not quite as charming or as voluminous as the 1990, it is not far off. Tasted from a bottle bought on release and tasted at “Brat” restaurant in London. (NM)  (8/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Make no mistake about it, the 1989 Chasse-Spleen is the finest wine this property has produced since their great 1949. This is a spectacularly rich, powerful, authoritative example of the vintage that can compete with and even surpass many of the most famous names. Layer upon layer of concentrated, sweet, expansive, blackcurrant fruit is wrapped in a frame of toasty new oak and decent acidity. An awesome wine! (RP)  (2/1993)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Big and chewy. Impressive. Dark ruby-colored, with cocoa, coffee and chocolate aromas covered by ripe fruit. Full-bodied and very rich, showing lots of chewy tannins and a long, roasted coffee and berry aftertaste.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal. (JS)  (5/1999)

Decanter

 Deep ruby; rich succulent nose, quite mineral Cabernet character; soft, rich, dense, plenty of ripe tannin, fine depth and potential; good length.  (6/1994)


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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2013 | Send Email
A few years back when we traveled to Bordeaux to taste the 2009 vintage out of barrel, we were served the 1989 Chasse Spleen at lunch at the Chateau. Given the opportunity to taste it again, I jumped at the chance. At nearly 25 years of age the wine is near its peak. The nose speaks of a mature Bordeaux - cedar and tobacco, leather and prunes. On the palate the ripeness of the '89 vintage shines through - loads of dark fruit - tart blackcurrant and fig jam. Tannins are quite fine with a bit of firmness remaining. Delicious last night with a grilled ribeye steak, roasted fingerling potatoes and brussel sprouts.

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