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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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 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  650 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage 


2020 began with mild temperatures even breaking temperature record highs at the beginning of February. These conditions led to a premature budbreak. Budding developed unevenly, very much depending on the locations although the coo and humid weather in April had not a very significant impact on slowing down the growth of the vines. Finally all the vines came into bloom at the end of May without any significant coulure or millerandage. At the start of June, frequent rain intensified the pressure of mildew. From mid-June, the weather changed. The whole Bordelais saw a period of very dry weather for two months. However, the earlier accumulation of water reserves prevented water stress. Around July 18 a heat wave began to build up but the cool nighty prevented water stress on the wines again. The veraison started at the end of July and went on till the beginning of August. The heatwave in August accentuated water stress, but shorter rainy episodes avoided a complete block. The dry and sunny weather in September encouraged the grapes maturity and harvest started on September 10 with a rather mild weather. Towards the middle of September, rain prevented the fruits from wilting but as its frequency was quite concerning, the haves was pushed forward. "Le diabolique" is the title given to this vintage by Véronique Sanders. It is a very special French word, which is not correctly translated with “diabolic” in English. In France, the expression means to overcome the devil. And the vintners succeeded. 2020 is clearly a vintner’s vintage which asked a permanent reinvention of the wineries, struggling hard with this difficult vintage. However, the vintage surprises with excellent wines, exemplary freshness and elegance and very dense structure. In former times it was said that the vine has to suffer to make exquisite wines, in this vintage the people have suffered to make a great wine. The first part of notes for this tasting with over 800 wines you will find today. More notes will follow over the coming days.

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 Camille Meyrou / Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Wine Producer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Fieuzal . In a tasting of  27 wines 

A couple of Blind an half blind tastings with friends recently

4m 7d ago

 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!

6m 20d ago

 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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10m 28d 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.

1y 20d 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

1y 1m 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 10m 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

3y 4m 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 7m 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.

4y 13d ago

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

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

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 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.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


 The Bordelais are, of course, the world’s greatest spin doctors. They leave snake charmers for dead when it comes to the art of mesmerising. The newly opened and impressive Cité du Vin, which sits on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, sparkles like a polished turd; a monument to the exaggerations and optimism of this particular type of fine wine game. Momentum is achieved through belief. There is no room for wavering or self-doubt.

4y 1m ago

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