This is a soft, open and rounded style of wine with plenty of plum and red berry fruits layered with coffee and vanilla notes from the well judged new oak maturation. It has taken the lighter, less extracted route of the vintage, resulting in elegance and balance with silky tannins and generous fruit style and wonderful attractive, floral aromas. Leave to develop a little tension and definition as it ages.
Varietal mix: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Critic's score: Neal Martin, Robert Parker: 86-88/100. James Suckling: 89-90/100.
The Château de Fieuzal estate is officially classified as one of the great "Grand Cru Classé de Graves" vineyards (situated in Péssac-Leognan). Named after the Fieuzal family who owned the vineyard until 1851.
Chateau de Fieuzal is a 39 hectare vineyard with a terroir of sand and gravel soils, and is planted to red and white grape varietals. The estate was renovated in 2012 and the wine making facilities were completely modernized. In the vat house, for the fermentation and production of the red wines, 54 new wood fermentation vats in all sizes were installed bringing the total of vats to 63; this allows for parcel by parcel vinification. For the production and fermentation of the white wines, de Fieuzal uses stainless steel, temperature controlled vats that vary in size. The wines are aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 16 to 24 months, depending on the varietals and 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. Production is on average, 8,000 cases of red wine and 3,000 cases of white wine per vintage.