Chateau de Fieuzal Pessac-Leognan 2014
Chateau Fieuzal is is an old estate and was once the property of the La Rochefoucauld family that became famous for its wine under the management of Erik Bocke, a Swede, whose wife had inherited the estate after World War II. In 2001, the chateau was acquired by Lochlann Quinn. The vineyard is made up of 48 hectares - 39 of red made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot. 9 hectares of white made up of equal amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. A total production of 13,000 cases of red and 4,000 of dry white is a typical annual production.
The 2014 Chateau de Fieuzal displays a purple-tinted dense red colour with shiny highlights. The aromatic expression is pure and elegant. Raspberry, forest fruit and spicy notes, as well as soaked cherry fragrances can be appreciated. Even though it is restrained at this ageing stage, a note of vanilla appears. This shows that the richness of the texture will blend in with the wood. On the palate, this Pessac-Leognan Cru Classé from Graves seduces by its finesse and unctuousness. With its silky and persistent tannins, the palate impresses by its nervous finish (as a dry white wine) which is the promise of a good ageing potential.
J. Robinson : 16,5 / 20
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.