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I’d like to take a few minutes to update you on what we’ve been doing recently at Fieuzal.

We have arrived at a crucial moment for this vintage. We picked the Merlot and the Cabernet Franc between September 29th and October 10th. The quality is remarkable, confirming what I had said previously, and we’ve got really good balance with on average around 13.5 degrees, pH around 3.5 and malic acids below 2.5g/l, all strong signs that the wines will retain their balance in the future. Because balance is everything!

The tanks that have already finished fermenting are showing consistent quality with very pronounced colour, expressing power and finesse, with lovely length. Of course we’ll have to confirm all of this after the malos have finished.

The question today (actually since Friday evening) is, when will we begin to pick the Cabernet Sauvignon? At Fieuzal, where we do everything by hand, we need about 8 days to harvest.

The Cabernet Sauvignon is a grape variety with extraordinary purity and expressiveness when it is mature but if it doesn’t reach it’s peak it offers no compromise. It brings density and character and in my opinion it has a unique way of revealing its terroir. I love it dearly!

We’ll certainely start that on Thursday.

In other news, our whites have finished their fermentation without any problems. Even though it’s too early to say, like for the reds, I did note when we did our first tasting a really consistent quality which will allow us plenty of choice when we come to do the blending.

I must get back to work but I forgot to mention the really good thing about such a long harvest, which is that we can keep the harvest kitchen open that much longer. And nobody’s going to mind that!

Stephen Carrier, Winemaker

18 November 2014

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History

The Griffon’s, who were lucky to have connections to Pope Léon XIII in Bordeaux, were able to fill the Vatican’s cellars with their wines from Pessac Leognan. de Fieuzal was purchased by the Ricard family. The Ricard’s owned multiple Bordeaux wine estates including Domaine de Chevalier and Malartic Lagraviere. Today, Chateau de Fieuzal is owned by Lochlann Quinn, the chairman of Allied Irish Banks who purchased de Fieuzal in 2001.

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Vineyards

Most of the red vines are planted on three gravelly hilltops, called Fieuzal, La Dispute and Ferbos. The texture of these hilltop soils and their vegetative layer, favour the growth of smaller,more concentrated grapes

The 39 hectare Pessac Leognan vineyard is planted to red and white grape varietals. For the red wines, the vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot. The white grapes are planted to an even mix of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon. The vine density of the Chateau de Fieuzal vineyards is on average, 8,300 vines per hectare.

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Winemaking

Chateau de Fieuzal completed a complete, multi-million Euro renovation of the estate in 2012. The wine making facilities have been completely modernized. In the vat house, for the fermentation and production of the red wines, 54 new, wood fermentation vats in a myriad of sizes have just been installed bringing the total of fermentation vats at Chateau de Fieuzal up to 63, which allows for parcel by parcel vinification. The vats range in size from as small as 15 hectolitres up to 185 hectolitres

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Lovely wine dinner with impeccable wine pairings! Superb whites, vibrant mature reds and exquisite sweets. Armand de Brignac Rosés in magnum were astonishingly delicious!

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  30 wines 

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4m 7d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  28 wines 

The Crus Classés de Graves sent over an impressing series of wines, which have confirmed the outstanding quality of the Pessac-Léognan region in this vintage 2019. Freshness was reigning in the white wines tasted today. The red wines will be tasted tomorrow, so there is much more to come......The red wines of th Crus Classés de Graves were exellent showing the hight standard of this vintage.

5m 30d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  30 wines 

2010 Anne Gros Clos de Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui/Bright ruby. Scented, red berries, some dark fruits, fruity, ripe, light sous bois note, intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark fruits, sweet notes, layered, intense, big, bit warm, somewhat alcoholic, rich and long. 93p

7m 6d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  111 wines 

2008 Blain-Gagnard Le Montrachet, tasted blind. It needed hours to open up, it started out quite yellow fruity with playful minerality below. After three hours it became far more nuanced, layers of citrus, minerals, apples, floral notes and the balance of this wine was out of this world. Minutes of aftertaste. I thought it was Domaine d’Auvenay Chevalier-Montrachet. 98p

2y 3m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  42 wines 

2014 Château Mouton Rothschild / Ruby. Anise, spices, liquorice, exotic spices, cassis, blueberries, light minerals note beneath, layered nose, beautiful depth. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, anise, cassis, blueberries, layered and nuanced, spices, blackberries, exotic spices, bazar, minerals, layered and deep. 97

2y 9m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  100 wines 

1928 Château d'Yquem; Huge expectations, the best wine I've had, 28 Suduiraut, if there is a wine to beat it..... Difficult to read label, cork states quite clearly Yquem, Lur-Saluces, 1928. B/C level fill, above mid shoulders. Pale amber with broad green yellow rim. Nuts, apricots, apple, lemon, raisins, minerals and even schistes. A glorious, layered and transparent in the best sence of the word mix of mature and more youthfull flavours. Perfect balance in a different league, great acidity, such finesse, pineapples comming to join the elegant party, even coconut and papaya, acidity is tender, doing its job gracefully like the queen greeting her guests. Gorgeous length. Minutes again. But this bottle do not beat the Suduiraut, and that is mainly because of the Suduirauts length and even better freshness. The 28's seems to be marvels! 99

3y 19d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Château La Conseillante 1945-2015 / La Conseillante 2005 95p. Tasted four times. Consistent notes. Yield - 38 hl/ha. Great stuff coming from this outstanding vintage. Truffles, seductive nose. elegant and incredibly classy wine, red meat, very sophisticated and with excellent length and structure, incredibly long aftertaste. Fantastic wine and I wonder if 2010 will turn out to be better.

3y 5m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

3y 7m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


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3y 7m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

3y 7m ago

 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  14 wines 

“Bordeaux 1986 Left Bank-tasting: The next flight was no less interesting but a touch more restrained. All the bottles in this flight were opened at 6:45 to be served at 9:15. We had 2 Pauillac and 2 from Pessac-Léognan. Chateau Lafite clearly showed its pedigree but needed to be decanted. It was still somewhat closed when it was served and the wine in my glass which I nursed till 11 PM started to show layers and complexity only towards the end. It's best to wait another 5 years before approaching it again. I have had mixed experience with Haut Brion. Either it exhibited a stunning floral nose of violet and Rose or it was intensely Brett which I don't particularly fancy. Luckily for me this bottle was floral and enjoyable. The Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande was on the other hand not as interesting when I opened the bottle compared to past experiences with other bottles of Pichon 86 in the past. It also took only started to show nuances and complexity towards the end. Maybe I should have decanted it. The Haut Bailly was surprisingly lean and unidimensional when I opened it but towards the end it had the most haunting nose in its flight leading me to believe that the others could have benefited with atlreast 2 hours more before service. ”

4y 4m ago

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