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de Fieuzal 2005

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pessac-Léognan
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Probably the best Fieuzal I have tasted in many a year, the 2005 has a dense purple color and a gorgeous nose of charcoal, graphite, blackcurrants, cherries and earth. It is medium to full-bodied and very rich, with ripe tannin and a multidimensional mouthfeel. This is a superb wine and a great success for the château. Drink it over the next 25+ years. Drink 2015 - 2040.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

Good dark red. Roasted plum and beefsteak tomato; showing the exotically ripe side of the vintage. Fat, lush and sweet, with flavors similar to the aromas. Plenty of mocha and nuts from the oak, as well as some slightly drying wood tannins on the finish. Rich but a bit lacking in energy, and probably best suited for drinking in the near to medium term.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

Rich, ripe fruit extract. Plenty of depth and volume but the oak a little invasive and drying at this stage. Drink 2013-2022

James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2006
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Smoke, black truffles, crushed rock, and leafy notes combined with earth, fresh mushrooms, and cassis result in a complex set of aromatics for the dark ruby/purple-colored 2005 Fieuzal. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity and high tannin, this serious wine is closed, but promising. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

The finest Fieuzal in many years, the deep ruby/purple-hued 2005 offers up scents of plums, cassis, figs, damp earth, blue fruits, tobacco leaf, smoke, and hints of truffles as well as cold steel. Medium to full-bodied, rich, and deep with good underlying acidity and ripe tannin, this beauty will be at its peak between 2010-2025.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

A strong effort for Fieuzal, this dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 reveals aromas of dried herbs interwoven with crème de cassis, cherries, spice box, and toasty oak. With impressive density and purity, good underlying acidity for definition, medium body, and surprisingly powerful, rich flavors that expand and saturate the palate, it should evolve for two decades or more.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Round and fruity, with an earthy, meaty, spicy character. Full-bodied, round and velvety. Lots of Pessac-Leognan character.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006
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