Chateau de Fieuzal Rouge 2016

Chateau de Fieuzal Rouge 2016

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Over the last 400 years, only 6 families have owned the estate. The first owners were Jean and Francois Garderes. Following was the Dabadie family who owned it until the 17th century when the Fieuzal family took control. It was the The Fieuzal family owned the property up to 1851 and gave their name to the property. Toward the end of the 19th century, the Ricard family took control. The estate passed to Odette Ricard and her husband Erik Brocke. After Odette's death the Chateau was sold to George Negrevergne in 1973. Banque Populaire purchased the estate and then proceeded to purchased Château Haut-Gardère and reconstituted the original Fieuzal Estate as it existed in the Ricard era. Lochlann Quinn purchased the Chateau in 2001 and continues as the owner.


The 39 hectare red wine vineyard of Chateau de Fieuzal is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot.
Wine Advocate: 92
The 2016 De Fieuzal, which has enjoyed the consultancy services of Hubert de Board for a few years now, was uncharacteristically subdued on the nose when I encountered it on three occasions. The palate has more to say, bolstered by rigid and slightly chalky tannin that lend this Pessac-Lognan an undercurrent of energy. I cannot ever remember a more taut Chteau de Fieuzal than this 2016. There is freshness here, but at least at this prenatal stage, it is unwilling to dole out enjoyment. I hope that there is more charm to discern once it is bottled. At the moment, my preference would lie with the previous vintage. Drink 2021-2040.
Decanter: 93
Deep rose-violet colour, showing how easily anthocyanins were extracted this year. This is a lovely rich, well extracted, intense wine of succulent black cherry and damson fruits coupled with cigar box scents. It has this stunning balance and 'essence of Bordeaux' spirit that Pessac delivers so well in its best vintages.
Wine Enthusiast: 95
This wine is packed with black currant fruit. It is warm, ripe and balanced by fine acidity. The structure will allow the wine to age well, with rich berry flavors and crispness in harmony.
Vinous: 93
The 2016 de Fieuzal is a powerful, plush wine endowed with explosive energy and fabulous balance. Exotic, ripe and inviting, it demands attention. Waves of dark-toned fruit, chocolate, spice and new leather build into the exotic, plush finish. Terrific.
James Suckling: 93
A wine with depth and structure thats defined by blackberry, blueberry and chocolate character. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Shows potential.