2011 de Fieuzal, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Fully saturated purple-ruby. Grapey, showy, superripe aromas of smoky plum, quinine and aromatic herbs. Sweet and creamy on the palate, with lively acidity lifting the rich ripe black fruit and flint flavors. This big, rich wine manages to avoid heaviness thanks to its brisk acidity and attractive peppery tannins, which give it considerable zing. A superb Fieuzal in the making.
This is a big, ripe, fruity wine, filled with smoky wood, spice and black-currant acidity. It is rich and fruit filled.
A wine with blueberry and currant character, plus hints of spices and minerals. The polished quality of the tannins is very impressive. Full body, pretty fruit and a silky-textured finish. Needs two or three years to come together completely but shows outstanding potential for the vintage.
Slightly rugged in feel, with pebbly, briary hints along the edges and a core of dark plum skin, steeped currant and tobacco leaf notes. The grippy finish lets the plum skin element take the lead. Best from 2016 through 2021.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A delicious combination of new oak, black currants, earth and spice are found in this dark ruby/plum-colored 2011. Slightly stern, but round and charming, this medium-bodied wine should achieve full maturity in 4-6 years and last for 15-20.