1990 Fieuzal, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)
Gorgeous. Wonderfully deep aromas of minerals, violets, berries and cherries. Full-bodied and very concentrated, with subtle yet rich berry and boysenberry flavors and silky tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine has improved immensely in the bottle, making my earlier notes look particularly stingy. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple. Aromatically, the wine has opened considerably, revealing plenty of cranberry, black cherry, and cassis fruit. There are also notes of lavish new oak, earth, and cedar in the moderately intense bouquet. The wine is medium-bodied, with sweet fruit, gobs of glycerin (a hallmark of many 1990s), and soft tannin. It has fleshed out considerably, with the tannin becoming better integrated. It is still a youthful, promising wine. (RP)
The Pessac-Léognan appellation was created in the 1980s when the growers of northern Graves successfully argued to split Graves in two. The soil structure, sandstone-based gravel, is similar to Médoc, giving the wines an earthy quality. In a 2004 article for Decanter magazine, Clive Coates declared the 1990 de Fieuzal to be one of the better wines produced in the appellation that year.