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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 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, 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, 2017)

Rich blackberry-compote nose. Fresh finish and some real energy here. But it's pretty sinewy on the end. Not a standout. Too angular. Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2017)

Quite ripe, with warm plum and fig notes melding with singed alder and bay accents. Shows a mineral edge. There's lots of flesh here, but has cut on the finish. Rating: 91-94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2017)

A wine with depth and structure that’s defined by blackberry, blueberry and chocolate character. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Shows potential. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, 2017)

Deep rose-violet colour, showing how easily anthocyanins were extracted this year. This is a lovely rich, well extracted, intense wine of succulent black cherry and damson fruits coupled with cigar box scents. It has this stunning balance and 'essence of Bordeaux' spirit that Pessac delivers so well in its best vintages. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2017)

The 2016 de Fieuzal is a powerful, plush wine endowed with explosive energy and fabulous balance. Exotic, ripe and inviting, it demands attention. Waves of dark-toned fruit, chocolate, spice and new leather build into the exotic, plush finish. Terrific. Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, 2017)

Generally, I prefer the white Fieuzal to the red, but that’s not the case in 2016, because this is a dense, vigorous, youthful, concentrated red that grassy, perfumed and plush, with acidity driving the finish of the wine. Very impressive, but needs time. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, 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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