2010 de Fieuzal Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1133702 91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright gold-tinged straw-yellow. Spicy, perfumed aromas of violet and ginger, with hints of lime, peach and butter. Densely packed, nicely ripe flavors of tangerine, white peach and butter are lifted by sound acidity. Finishes long and impressively balanced, with superb finishing lift and thrust. Seems to me to be one of the best young Fieuzal Blancs ever.  (8/ 2011)

92-93 points James Suckling

 Very pretty fruit with hints of vanilla and pineapple character. Full and fresh with good citrusy acidty and a clean finish.  (4/ 2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Smooth and rich, this is an opulent wine. It has ripe acidity and tropical fruit notes, while also crisp at the edges, like biting into a ripe pear. The wine, with its structured core, has good aging potential.  (3/ 2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More oaky than most, but showing plenty of buttery, honeyed, complex melony and citrus notes, this wine is medium to full-bodied, tasty, fresh and impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035.  (2/ 2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Full and plump, with lemon and grapefruit curd flavors, featuring chamomile, verbena and green almond notes that carry through a brioche-tinged finish. Very solid, but showing more breadth than zip overall. Drink now through 2015.  (3/ 2013)

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Varietal:

Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
Country:

France

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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.