Chateau de Fieuzal 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
An exceptional wine, of notable complexity and finesse. Rich, deep red in color, with flavors of prune, blackcurrant and tobacco leaf, as well as a hint of truffle. In the mouth the wine is rich and generous, but balanced by good acidity which gives it the long finish so characteristic of Fieuzal's very best vintages.
Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Wine Enthusiast - "A powerful, dense wine that relies on beautifully smooth ripe fruit, with black tannins underneath all this richness. Flavors of black figs and dried fruits show its extra concentration. "
Wine Spectator - "Earthy and meaty on the nose, with lots of ripe fruit. Full-bodied, soft and round. There's loads of Pessac character, with hints of vanilla and coffee. A decadent style."
The Wine Advocate - "Smoke, black truffles, crushed rock, and leafy notes combined with earth, fresh mushrooms, and cassis result in a complex set of aromatics for the dark ruby/purple-colored 2005 Fieuzal. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity and high tannin, this serious wine is closed, but promising."
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Chateau de Fieuzal Winery
Located in the heart of the Graves, the cradle of Bordeaux winemaking, Chateau de Fieuzal takes its name from the family to which it belonged until 1851. This Graves great growth, now owned by Brenda and Lochlann Quinn, is famous for its elegant white wines and opulent red wines.
Great care is taken to make the most of Chateau de Fieuzal's terrior in order to produce excellent wines as well as to protect the remarkably diverse natual environment. In keeping with demanding French standards of luxury craftsmanship, all work in the vinyeard and cellar is done both meticulously and traditionally. The vines are looked after on an individual basis and closely followed in order to obtain fruit that reflects the excellence of this unique terroir. View all Chateau de Fieuzal Wines
About Pessac-LeognanView a map of Pessac-Leognan wineries (PEH-sak lay-ohn-yawn)
One of the top appellations within Graves, Pessac-Léognan is home to the only Graves chateau listed as a first growth in the 1855 Médoc classification – Chateau Haut-Brion. In fact, praise for the chateau dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when, upon visiting the chateau in 1787, he bought 125 bottles for his cellar in Virginia.
The majority of wines made here are red, but Pessac-Léognan is also known for producing some of the finest dry white wines of Bordeaux. Many of the top chateau, like Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau Mission Haut Brion, produce top-quality whites alongside their red. Other Chateaux, like Smith Haut Lafite and Carbonnieux, are better known for their distinguished white wines than reds. Both colors of wine from this region have the specific tastes of the gravelly soil where it's grown.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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