Producer: Château Chasse-Spleen
One of the top two producers of Moulis-en-Médoc (the other being Château Poujeaux), this family-run estate regularly outperforms many of the Médoc’s classified châteaux. It’s slightly irregular name is attributed either to Beaudelaire’s poem Spleen, or to Lord Byron’s attestation that a visit to the châteaux was an excellent remedy ‘pour chasser le spleen.’ The wines are typically deeply-coloured and full-bodied, displaying heaps of ripe, black fruit, mineral qualities, and sometimes hints of chocolate. In good years, like 2009, the wines are approachable at the earliest ten years later (from 2019), but can demonstrate excellent ageability, especially in large formats like this!
Pairing suggestion: braised beef cheeks on a bed of mashed potatoes