CHÂTEAU DE FIEUZAL
2010 Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Freshness and a sense or tension. Quite oaky but the balance of juice and sap is there with it. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2011)
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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. Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2014)
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 Rating: 90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
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. Drinking range: 2017 - 2037 Rating: 90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Feb 2013)
Château de Fieuzal
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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