2013 Château de Fieuzal Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

  1. 2013 Château de Fieuzal (Pessac-Léognan)

    1. Medium bodied, bright and crisp, nice on the earthy, red berry and tobacco nose, but starting to take on a tart, cranberry in the finish that suggests this should be consumed over the next few years, before it quickly fades from here.

      87 points - Tasted
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    2. Medium bodied, forward, with a smoke, espresso bean, cherry tinged personality, the wine finishes with soft, red berries in an open style.

      88 points - Tasted
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    3. With smoke, coffee, fennel and plum on the nose, this soft, open wine has round textures and will drink well in its youth. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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Chateau Fieuzal Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

Chateau de Fieuzal Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 39 hectare vineyard of Chateau de Fieuzal for the red wines is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot for the red wine grapes. The white Bordeaux wine 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. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel, sand, clay and small white stones in the soils.

On average, the vines are 35 years of age. But they have old vines as well. Their oldest vines are their Petit Verdot vines, which were planted all the way back in 1908.

Chateau de Fieuzal completed a multi-million Euro renovation of the estate in 2012. The winemaking facilities have been completely modernized with 63 vats in both wood and stainless steel. These 63 vats allow parcel by parcel vinification.

Chateau de Fieuzal Winemaking

To produce the red wine of Chateau de Fieuzal, vinification takes place in a combination of 9 stainless steel tanks and 54 new, wood fermentation vats in a myriad of sizes.

The vats range in size from as small as 15 hectolitres up to 185 hectolitres. The steel vats are used to vinify the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The oak vats are reserved for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wines are aged in an average of 35% to 50% new, French oak barrels for between 16 to 24 months, depending on the varietals and the style of the vintage.

For the production of the white wines of Chateau de Fieuzal, vinification takes place in 50% new, French oak barrels. There is no malolactic fermentation. The wines are aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 16 to 18 months, depending on the style of the vintage.

Since Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus in St. Emilion began consulting the estate, the wines have been showing steady improvement. Continuing to strive to provide to produce the best wines possible, Chateau de Fieuzal declassified the entire 2017 harvest due to severe frost damage.

Production at Chateau de Fieuzal is on average, 8,000 cases of red wine and 3,000 cases of white wine per vintage. There is a second wine, L'Abeille de Fieuzal.

When to Drink Chateau de Fieuzal, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau de Fieuzal can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau de Fieuzal is usually better with at least 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau de Fieuzal offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 9-17 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau de Fieuzal, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau de Fieuzal is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau de Fieuzal is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau de Fieuzal is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese. The white wine of Chateau de Fieuzal is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese. The white wine of Chateau de Fieuzal is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese.

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