The 2015 de Fieuzal has a very seductive bouquet, almost Saint Emilion in style (perhaps the hand of consultant Hubert de Boüard at play?). I mean that in a positive sense: it is extremely pure and sensual, an aromatic femme fatale. The palate is ripe and generous on the entry, but simultaneously poised and minerally, almost edgy towards the sustained and focused finish. There is wonderful freshness and vitality here, yet another really quite stupendous Pessac-Léognan that is going to be a joy to drink over the next 20-25 years.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 De Fieuzal is scented of lovely ripe plums and crushed red currants with touches of forest floor and bay leaves. Medium-bodied, firm and grainy with great freshness cutting through the earthy layers, it finishes long. 2019 - 2033
Blackberry and plums sit amid violets, earthy notes and gentle, hazelnut oak. The palate delivers attractively smooth, supple tannins that carry long flavors of fresh dark cherries. Try from 2020.
Lots of blackberry and black currant aromas and flavors. Full body, round tannins, salty and earthy undertones. Very long and flavorful. 48% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot.
The 2015 De Fieuzal is powerful and a bit burly but certainly not lacking in personality. Smoke, grilled herbs, tobacco, cedar, dried cherry and smoke add nuance to this attractive, midweight wine. All things considered, the 2015 shows quite well today. Drink it over the next few years. 2018 - 2028
The 2015 De Fieuzal comes across as a bit simple next to the other wines of the appellation. There is good up-front appeal to give the wine its attractive, if somewhat one-dimensional, personality.
Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Weak rim. Heady, exotic tropical-lilies nose. Rich and sweet. Arguably a little overdone but delivers lots of hedonistic pleasure with a smoky barbecue note.
Light to mid rather dull crimson. Light leafy nose. Very sweet palate entry. Lacks a little freshness. Workmanlike.
Mid cherry red. Leafy, dark-fruited freshness. Dry and cedary on the palate and pretty tightly furled at the moment. Really dry and withheld, almost austere, fine-boned. (JH) 14.5%
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 by wine-maker Stephen Carrier with Hubert de Bouard of Angelus consulting. The 70 hectares of vines are planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot. The 2015 has 70% Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend and Stephen says that he considers it to be a baby 2010 with more style and freshness than the 2009. A vivid ruby-purple in the glass with plummy fruit and a hint of vanilla on the nose. The palate is silky on entry with a typical gravelly Graves tannin texture. There is a good firm frame for the ripe, juicy fruit and there are notes from lightly smoked savoury spices on the finish.
The nose is tight and the start of the palate fresh bright but lacking richness. There is more depth at the back sweet fruit but the tannins are firm and tend to hold back the fruit and close down the finish.
Straight down the middle with its flavour and balance and while this might seem safe, it certainly is more successful
than many other Châteaux in this vintage.