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de Fieuzal 2014

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

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Tasting Notes

The 2014 de Fieuzal is a bold, racy wine. Sweet red cherry, iron, smoke and tobacco give the wine its distinctive flavor profile. The tannins have softened quite a bit over the last 18 months, which has allowed the fruit to show lovely succulence and creaminess. Drink this juicy Pessac-Leognan now and over the next handful of years. There is plenty to like in this expressive sleeper wine for the vintage. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017

The 2014 de Fieuzal has a detailed bouquet with mineral-driven black fruit, graphite and cold stone aromas that achieve an impressive degree of focus. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, quite saline in the mouth with a lightly spiced and attenuated finish. 2019 - 2032

Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

A red with attractive currant and berry character. Medium body, firm tannins and fresh acidity. Builds on the palate with a chewy finish. Shows potential.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015

Consistently good wines are produced here at this Irish-owned Chateau. The prices remain modest despite the quality and the wines are always typically Graves in style. Strong efforts are being made here now with Hubert de Bouard of Angelus being brought in to oversee the winemaking. Medium-deep ruby, with lots of fresh vanilla and cassis on the nose. Intense, open, forward, nicely toasty with bramble fruit and red berries. Succulent, soft, and fresh with a good lift of acidity.

Farr Vintners, March 2015

Ripe, fleshy and fun, with lots of friendly blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry preserve notes gliding through, structured by refined tannins and backed by light tar, anise and black tea details. Best from 2018 through 2024. 665 cases made.

James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015
Decanter Magazine, April 2015
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The 2014 De Fieuzal was following the Domaine de Chevalier Rouge and frankly that's a difficult act to follow. It certainly does not possess the same precision of fruit concentration, perhaps enduring a reticent, broody stage of its evolution. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and well-judged acidity. Here perhaps more representative of the wine, building in the mouth towards a lovely cedar-tinged finish, leaving you on a high note. Hopefully the aromatics will develop with bottle age and then it will merit a higher score.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Château de Fieuzal Rouge 2014 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. I have enjoyed what consultant Hubert de Bouard has brought this Pessac-Léognan in recent years, the nose full with blackberry and warm gravel scents that are nicely defined, with well-integrated, new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasing roundness and depth on the entry. There is good structure here, just the right amount of sappy black fruit on the generous finish to urge another sip. This has good potential after bottling.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015
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