1985 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis

SKU #950783 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1985 Chasse-Spleen is fabulously deep in color, with a full-intensity, scented bouquet of spicy new oak, rich curranty fruit, and plums. In the mouth, the wine is very concentrated, long, big framed, but impeccably balanced, with quite a finish. (From Robert Parker's Buying Guide)  (1/1995)

Wine Spectator

 Very ripe and generous with lots of plum, earth, chocolate and anise flavors that are packed in together with soft, mouth-drying tannins needing a few years to resolve themselves.  (5/1988)

K&L Notes

Robert Parker ranked this estate's 1985 vintage as one of the "past glories," saying: "One of the two finest estates of Moulis (the other being Poujeaux), Chasse-Spleen's large vineyard is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. During the 1970s and '80s, Chasse-Spleen often produced wines that were as good as a third growth..." (Parker's Wine Buying Guide No. 7, 1995)

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