2010 Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Village Pessac-Léognan
Classification Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Freshness and a sense or tension. Quite oaky but the balance of juice and sap is there with it.

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Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. This is a strong showing from de Fieuzal. It has a pretty bouquet with perfumed floral red berry fruit and nicely integrated oak - natural but not short-changing you in flavour. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, pointed acidity, dusky black fruit with a linear, but quite classy finish. This is a very competent de Fieuzal that should age with style.
92/100 (Jan 2014)

A more tannic, backward style of Pessac-Leognan, this wine has attractive, elegant notes of sweet plum, fig, tobacco leaf and red and black currants. It is medium-bodied, elegant, rich and persistent on the palate. The tannins are still relatively elevated and the wine in need of 4-6 years of cellaring. It should keep for at least two decades or more.
90/100 (Feb 2013)

Sappy and intense, with kirsch and crushed raspberry fruit aromas and flavors and superfresh acidity driving underneath. Features lots of spice and violet notes on the finish.
90 - 93/100

This is very layered, with currants and berries and minerals. Flowers. Full and silky, with a long finish. It’s very well-integrated.
91 - 92/100

Lustrous purple. Great polish and energy. Really very glorious. Here they have not been scared by the acidity and the balance seems about right. Very fresh and Gravesy. 2020-2034

Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Petit Verdot 5%. I remember the 2009 Fieuzal as being particularly black - this vintage doesn't seem that far behind. It has a bright crimson rim but is very dense at the core. The fruit quality on the nose is lovely, dark and sweetly concentrated, but also expressive and open. A rich and creamy start on the palate as expected, and this characteristic is maintained throughout the midpalate, where there are structural elements coming in from underneath in terms of charcoaly tannins and also some very welcome acidity. It certainly is an extreme style, but there is a much-needed savoury edge to the fruit which keeps it harmonious and reined in a little. Lots of tannin though - it will need a very long time in the cellar.

Well-concentrated slightly smoky blackcurrant fruit, rich and broad flavours, a big fleshy wine with controlled power. Drink 2015-25.

Cassis and black cherry enrich the nose and give weight on the start of the palate. Firm tannins and fresher red fruits slightly close down the mid palate but the richness of the fruit comes through giving depth of flavour on the finish. 2018-30


Chateau de Fieuzal is named in honour of the family that owned it at the start of the nineteenth century. After that, the Bordeaux wine property was owned by the Griffon family. The Griffon’s, who were lucky to have connections to Pope Léon XIII in Bordeaux, were able to fill the Vatican’s cellars with their wines from Pessac Leognan. de Fieuzal was purchased by the Ricard family. The Ricard’s owned multiple Bordeaux wine estates including Domaine de Chevalier and Malartic-Lagravière. Today, Chateau de Fieuzal is owned by Lochlann Quinn, the chairman of Allied Irish Banks.

The Bordeaux wine vineyards are planted on sand and gravel soils. The 39 hectare vineyard is planted to red and white grape varietals. For the reds, 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot. The white grapes are planted to 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon.

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