2010 de Fieuzal, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1120869 91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (45% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot) Glass-staining ruby-purple. Sexy aromas of blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, clove and violet. Sweet, juicy and concentrated, with plenty of lift and energy to the creamy, almost syrupy red and black fruit flavors. Very Pessac-Leognan 2010 in its easygoing texture but, unlike many other Bordeaux from this vintage, there is also a multidimensional, smoothly tannic character here that is extremely impressive. The best Fieuzal in years: this is a wine of great balance and fleshy appeal that will provide early accessibility yet age gracefully for decades. Very well done.  (4/ 2011)

92 points James Suckling

 This is very extracted with chewy tannins and lots of new wood but there's ripe fruit underneath and a pretty finish. Give it three or four years to soften. Fieuzal continues to improve. Best after 2016.  (2/ 2013)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A firmly tannic wine, solidly based on a dry texture, the black currant fruits a major element in its texture. It is dark, dry, guarding its freshness for the end.  (6/ 2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A sleek, ripe, driven wine, with raspberry, black currant and pastis-soaked plum notes at the core, lined with well-embedded toast, ganache and tobacco hints. The finely beaded acidity stitches this up nicely on the lengthy finish. Best from 2015 through 2030.  (3/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A more tannic, backward style of Pessac-Leognan, this wine has attractive, elegant notes of sweet plum, fig, tobacco leaf and red and black currants. It is medium-bodied, elegant, rich and persistent on the palate. The tannins are still relatively elevated and the wine in need of 4-6 years of cellaring. It should keep for at least two decades or more.  (2/ 2013)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Complete, with good texture!

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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.