Château Chasse-Spleen, an historic 105-hectare estate, is located in the Moulis appellation, in the heart of the Médoc. With some of the best plots of land on the Grand Poujeaux hillside, Chasse-Spleen has become one of the jewels of the Médoc and one of the most famous cru of the Moulis appellation.
Thanks to its richness of composition as well as its aromatic power placing it at the head of the appellation, Chasse-Spleen gives birth to rich, elegant and delicate wines.
The origin of the name Chasse-Spleen is still mysterious. Dating from the 1860s, some suppose that this name would come from a neighbor Odilon Redon, a painter who worked the Baudelairian spleen. While others think of Lord Byron, British poet, who would have expressed during his visit of the castle: "This wine has no equal to chase away the dark thoughts.
VINIFICATION : Made in thermo regulated stainless steel vats. Maceration of about 1 month
AGEING : 18 months for the Grand vin to 12 months for the Second wines. Aging in oak barrels renewed at 40% each year and stored in a semi-buried cellar.
the History of château chasse-spleen
At the beginning of the XVIII century, the king authorized the great Bourgeois of Bordeaux to own land. Thus, in 1720, Sieur Gressier acquired a gravelly hillock overlooking the palus. Twenty years later, he built communes there, as well as a Chartreuse.
A century later, the property was split in two, following an indivision: on one side, Grand Poujeaux Gressier and on the other, Grand Poujeaux Castaing. In order to distinguish her wine from Gressier, Rosa Ferrière named the Château Chasse-Spleen in 1863. The name was given in reference to Baudelaire's "Les fleurs du Mal" (The Flowers of Evil) of which the Bordeaux painter Odilon Redon, a neighbour of the château, created the illustrations.
In 1912, the property was sold to a German merchant Adolph Segnitz, which was later confiscated as property belonging to the enemy. It was then bought by Prosper Lahary in the 1920s, who created the first cellar to be buried in the Médoc a few years later.
In 1976, the estate was acquired by Jacques Merlaut, co-founder of the Taillant group, one of the largest wine groups in France. He entrusted the reins to his daughter Bernadette Villars who ensured the restoration and the notoriety of the vineyard. After her death, her daughter Claire Villars took over the management of Chasse-Spleen.
Nowadays, this historic estate is managed by Cécile Villars-Foubet, Claire's sister, and her husband Jean-Pierre Foubet, who is the general manager.
château chasse-spleen, the estate
Located at the highest point of the Grand-Poujeaux hillside, the vines of Château Chasse-Spleen are composed of four parcels of quaternary gravel with clay-limestone soil and an optimal orientation, which offers an exceptional terroir.
Moreover, Château Chasse-Spleen is certified HVE "High Environmental Value" which certifies a recognition of the good environmental and sanitary practices of the exploitation.
château chasse-spleen & Arts
For several years, Château Chasse-Spleen has been building a collection of contemporary art. Combining wine tasting and art discovery, this is what the couple of collectors, Céline and Jean-Pierre Foubet, offers to their visitors as an additional asset.
What better remedy to dispel melancholy!
château chasse-spleen, from the vines To the bottle
Chateau Chasse Spleen is located on a magnificent terroir in the Grand Poujeaux area and has an excellent reputation. Traditionally cultivated on 105 hectares of vines and vinified in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats, the estate produces rich, full-bodied wines with a voluptuous texture and great finesse.
3 Cru wines are recognized, including Le Grand Vin du Château Chasse-Spleen as one of the best of Moulis. As well as two second wines: L'Oratoire de Chasse-Spleen in the Moulis appellation and l'Héritage de Chasse-Spleen in the Haut Médoc appellation.