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Chasse-Spleen 2020 En Primeur: “classic style”

  • The wine is being offered for £244 (12×75) SEP.
  • “A beautifully constructed young Bordeaux”, according to James Suckling.
  • The 2019 looks the best value for money across physical vintages, and the 2014 offers potential value too.

Chasse Spleen

The 2020 Château Chasse-Spleen has been released for €20 per bottle ex-négociant, up 4.2% on the 2019 release.

The international trade is offering the wine for £244 per 12×75, 1.7% more than the current Market Price of the 2019.

This positions today’s release at a very similar price level as the 2014 (NM 92) and last year’s release (NM 92-94).

Critical reception

James Suckling awarded the 2020 Chasse-Spleen wine a barrel range of 94-95. He described it as “a beautifully constructed young Bordeaux with blackberry, walnut, nutmeg, dried herb and bark”.

However, other critic scores fell in the lower range, between 87 and 91 points. For instance, Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider) gave it 88-90, noting that “this classic styled wine delivers bright, fresh red fruits, soft tannins and a crisp, almost crunchy red berry finish”.

The wine received 87 points from Jean-Marc Quarin, 87-89 from Falstaff and 91 from Jane Anson (Decanter).

Julia Harding MW, tasting it for, gave it 16+, and said that it was “scented and open for an unfinished wine”.

Fair Value

The 2019, which received a barrel range of 92-94 from the Benchmark Critic Neal Martin, is 1.6% cheaper than the new release – making it the best buy available on the market. The 2020 will look compelling if it receives a similar score to the 2019 from Martin.

The 2016, which boasts a score of 93-points, also looks appealing, being just 6.6% more expensive than today’s offer.

Buyers looking for a bit of age, however, might also wish to consider the 2014 (NM 92), which is available at the same price as today’s release.

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