de Fieuzal 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPessac-Leognan
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 de Fieuzal has a detailed, focused bouquet, wonderfully focused and precise, featuring blackberry, cedar and black olive scents. There is a sense of classicism and class here. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins, perfectly pitched acidity and a harmonious, tertiary finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is an outstanding Pessac-Léognan that, before its identity was revealed, I speculated could be Domaine de Chevalier. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2024 - 2040

Score: 94Neal Martin, vinous.com, August 2020

The 2016 de Fieuzal has an intense, floral bouquet, quite Margaux-like in style, with scents of rose petal infusing the blackberry, cedar and mint aromas. The medium-bodied palate offers sappy black fruit that feels nicely enmeshed with the new oak. There is a modern sheen to this de Fieuzal, which shows touches of vanilla toward the finish and a sweet candied aftertaste. Drink 2022-2040

Score: 92Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 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. Drink 2021-2040.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Very intense red-plum and dark-fleshed peach aromas, plus a hint of pomegranate, make this generous, well-structured Pessac-Léognan red very attractive. However, the full, moderately dry tannins need some time to resolve. Better from 2021, but with a long future ahead of it.

Score: 94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

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.

Score: 92/93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 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.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Tasted blind. Savoury and dense. Lots of pace after initial inkiness. Not generous but minerally and fun and promising.
Drink 2028 – 2045

Score: 17-Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

Rich blackberry-compote nose. Fresh finish and some real energy here. But it's pretty sinewy on the end. Not a standout. Too angular.
Drink 2024-2038

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

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 2016 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Smoky with a graphite edge to the blackcurrant fruit on the nose, the palate is generous and juicy in its fruit texture with firm but fine tannins providing a refreshing structure. Well balanced and pure on the finish.

Score: 15+Farr Vintners, April 2017

The nose is firm the start of the palate lacks a bit of richness but there is mid sweetness with ripe cassis some black cherry. The sweet fruit is underpinned by fresher black fruits the back palate quite light and the finish is tight. 2025-37

Score: 85/88Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 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. 2022-30

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 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 Window 2025 - 2040

Score: 93Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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