Tasting Note: Château Chasse-Spleen 2005 white

I’ve had a lot of fun drinking well-cellared vintages of Chateau Chasse-Spleen’s relatively little known white, over the years. I remember a 1997, opened two or three years ago, and a 2000, opened last year, that had rich aromas, a nice golden color, with all the fun needed to chase away the “spleen” (the Beaudelaire version of the blues). Great value, since it comes with a very reasonable price tag (that holds true for the red third growth as well, in these times of overinflated Growths).

And ageing may well be key to seeing what this Claire Villars property can produce on the paler front. The 2005 I drank yesterday and today had some typical sauvignon blanc notes (probably semillon as well, but I can’t find any info on the varietals used, since not even the official Chateau Chasse-Spleen website has any precise description of the white wine), a good dose of oak, a nice yellow-greenish color and a ripe character, but really, nothing much more to report. Even after 24 hours, it wasn’t saying much more, although it clearly had concentration and held its own while eating tasty foods, and even some tomato sauce.

The way it felt reminds me of those closed-up red Bordeaux, after they’ve lost their youthful exuberance, and before they’ve opened up to mature, generally more complex aromas and flavors.

So I’ll just have to put another bottle in the cellar. I’ll let you know in five years or so.

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