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2000 Château Chasse-Spleen – nearly there!

Another one from that case, the first Bordeaux primeur I bought in my life, together with my brother. Back then, a very big deal, a big investment for young Economics students and I had to convince my brother that this was THE thing to do with our tiny savings. It worked out… And since the case of Chasse-Spleen 2000 was delivered in 2003, we opened a bottle from time to time, as this is one of the purposes of a case of Bordeaux: follow the evolution of the wine and slowly await its prime. Once every 1 or 2 years is a good rhythm for this ritual and this last Christmas it was again time.

Also, we kind of had to open a bottle, since it happened to be the only Bordeaux allegedly close to its peak that was to be found in the house. Here’s my short resumé:

The wine shows in great shape, still tannic, alas still 2-4 years away from peak, but the fruit shows nicely and there’s this mix of depth and complexity mixed with the classic Bordeaux feel that I like to seek out. There’s red and black fruit, a slight smokiness, the slightest hint of Paprika as well as some tar. And the finish shows a beautiful length with good presence. +

I guess the next bottle should be opened at Christmas 2014, not earlier! When will I learn to be patient?

Chateau Chasse Spleen 2000

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