Theorigin of the name of this Château is uncertain. Some people say it is due to Lord Byron who gave its name to the estate while in visit in Bordeaux whereas others credit Charles Baudelaire for this name that he gave to the property while visiting his friend, the artist Odilon Redon, a neighbour of Chasse Spleen and illustrator of “Spleen et Idéal”.
The estate has been managed by women for the past thirty years: Jacques Merlaut’s daughter, Bernadette Villars, starting in 1976, followed by her daughter, Claire, from 1992 and now her sister, Céline.
The vineyard is located in Moulis, the smallest appellation in the Médoc, just off the Route des Châteaux, halfway between Margaux and Saint-Julien. Its extraordinarily varied terroir consists of complementary soil types going from pure Garonne and Pyrenean gravel to a mixture of clay and limestone. Chasse-Spleen reflects this diversity and the best of its appellation thanks to the fresh, mineral qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon grown on a thick layer of gravel and the roundness and smoothness of Merlot planted on largely clay-limestone soil.
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