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2016 EP Chateau Chasse Spleen.

Cru level nose: lead pencil, blackcurrant fruit, cedary. Very elegant and balanced. Simple and elegant palate; oaky and smoky finish; fine tannins. With lots of mileage.

The 2016 Chasse-Spleen has a very elegant bouquet with neatly integrated oak, the terroir really showing through here, hints of cedar and smoke emerging with time. The palate is fresh as a button on the entry. It is cut through with a superb line of acidity that engenders superb tension, the tannins firm but fine with a subtle marine influence towards the persistent finish. This is a fabulous Chasse-Spleen, the best I have ever tasted from the estate. It could end up at the top of by banded score. 92-94 points, Neal Martin

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