Strong underbrush, leafy tobacco, herbs, olives and cedar notes accompany the bright red fruits on the medium-bodied, chewy, peppery-spiced palate.
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider (May 2022)Score: 89-90/100Drink 2023-2038
The 2021 Chasse-Spleen offers lightly cedar- and tobacco-scented red fruit that needs to muster more vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and nicely balanced, but compared to recent vintages, it’s just a bit one-dimensional on the finish, hence my more parsimonious score.
Neal Martin, Vinous (May 2022)Score: 87-89/100Drink 2027-2037
Aromatic on the nose - rose petals. This has a juicy, bright core, that gentle succulence where your mouth instantly waters from the acidity but you also get a mouthful of summer berry fruit at the same time. I like this a lot, the fruit feels well worked and delivered with poise and energy and the chalky and salty tannins provide just the right grip on the palate. It's not the most expansive right now but feels classy with hints of glamour and I love the mentholated, liquorice touch at the end.
Georgie Hindle, Decanter (April 2022)Score: 91/100Drink 2025-2033
A strong effort, the 2021 Chasse-Spleen exhibits aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with pipe tobacco, loamy soil, rose petals and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless, it's lively and refined, with ripe tannins and a penetrating, saline finish. It's a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot, and only 55% of the estate's production went into the grand vin.
William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2022)Score: 89-91/100
Cheerful fruit, this is ruby in colour with violet reflections, inviting juice-filled fruits that hold the acidities on the right sidd of tart. well polished and hadled, carefully extracted, good quality. 33hl/h yield, 40% new oak. Tasted twice.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux (April 2022)Score: 88/100Drink 2024-2035