2011 de Fieuzal, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1093518 89-92 points 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.  (5/ 2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a big, ripe, fruity wine, filled with smoky wood, spice and black-currant acidity. It is rich and fruit filled.  (4/ 2012)

91 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/ 2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2014)

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.  (4/ 2014)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2013  | Send Email
Superb nose of black fruits. Sweet, almost creamy on the palate and the finish! A complete wine. Quite shocking, but in a great way. This is the best wine from Fieuzal in decades.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2013  | Send Email
*+ A very nice wine. Full and ripe. Good blackberry fruit flavors.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.