CHÂTEAU DE FIEUZAL
2012 Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
The de Fieuzal Rouge has a succulent bouquet of blackberry, cassis and vanilla that is modern, well defined and showy. The palate is medium-bodied with a black coffee infused entry. The acidity is crisp and there is decent fruit concentration, but the finish is a little too oaky at the moment. Let us see how it melds during élevage. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2013)
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Sweet black currant, lead pencil shavings, charcoal and camphor aromas are followed by a medium-bodied, front end-loaded, dark ruby/purple-colored wine with attractive fruit, medium body, sweet tannin and a surprisingly well-balanced, long finish. This potentially outstanding wine is another example of how successful Pessac-Leognan was in 2012. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. 2013 - 2028 Rating: 88-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2013)
Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2013)
Ripe, even slightly sweet fruit, good open flavours, more charm than depth. Drink: 2015 - 2022. Rating: 16 Steven Spurrier(Apr 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.
Good things certainly come in small packages with this selection. One of those cases makes you very thirsty indeed when looking at the what's inside! Exquisite Champagne, super fine Burgundy and Bordeaux and topped off with a rich nutty fruit cake of a port. Mmm yes please.
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