Deep ruby colour, with a bright nose of cherries, cool blackcurrant and toasted spices. Chalky, restrained and earthy on the palate, the core is compact but ripe, showing good restraint and elegance, with added sweetness from a lick of toasty oak. Well proportioned and perfectly balanced, this is a wine for the classicists, with brightness of acidity and freshness of fruit on the long finish.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 de Fieuzal rocks up with gregarious scents of baked plums, stewed cherries and dried mulberries plus suggestions of Chinese five spice, unsmoked cigars and sautéed herbs. The rich, full-bodied palate has loads of exotic spice and raisin cake layers with a firm, chewy frame, finishing just a little hard.
|Score: 91/93||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
Very attractive center palate with dark-berry, walnut and cedar character. Just a hint of bark. Medium-bodied. Juicy finish.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Fieuzal is fruity and quite powerful. I am not sure the heavily extracted style is ideal, as the wine has a level of tannic clout that is perhaps too much for its medium-bodied frame. Nonetheless, the 2018 is quite expressive. Red plum, white pepper, mint and chalk add brightness to the deep, layered fruit.
|Score: 88/91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Barrel sample. Black core, purple rim. Very ripe fruit – damson and black plum. Lots of oak and spice. Chewy and rich, full-on fruit but a bit flat on the finish.
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Ripe and floral with a lot of oak, this is a dense and exotic wine and I think that there is a good chance that it will find equilibrium within a decade and will be a decent wine.
|Score: 16.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|