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2016 Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

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

Spiced black fruit with a hint of super-ripeness, mixed with a structure with fresh acidity. Energy, but a tiny bit drying on the finish. Less 'natural'-seeming than Domaine de Chevalier. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035 Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2017)

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The 2016 de Fieuzal has a detailed, focused bouquet, wonderfully focused and precise, featuring blackberry, cedar and black olive scents. There is a sense of classicism and class here. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins, perfectly pitched acidity and a harmonious, tertiary finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is an outstanding Pessac-Léognan that, before its identity was revealed, I speculated could be Domaine de Chevalier. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 94 Neal Martin, (Aug 2020)

The deep ruby-colored 2016 Château de Fieuzal offers the classic gravelly, earthy minerality that’s the hallmark of the Graves region as well as solid notes of ripe black cherries and tobacco. With medium to full-bodied richness, notable balance and elegance, and fine tannins, drink this well-made, thoroughly enjoyable red over the coming 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2034 Rating: 89 Jeb Dunnuck, (Feb 2019)

The 2016 De Fieuzal, which has enjoyed the consultancy services of Hubert de Boüard for a few years now, was uncharacteristically subdued on the nose when I encountered it on three occasions. The palate has more to say, bolstered by rigid and slightly chalky tannin that lend this Pessac-Léognan an undercurrent of energy. I cannot ever remember a more taut Château de Fieuzal than this 2016. There is freshness here, but at least at this prenatal stage, it is unwilling to dole out enjoyment. I hope that there is more charm to discern once it is bottled. At the moment, my preference would lie with the previous vintage. Drinking range: 2021 - 2040 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, (Apr 2017)

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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