Sunday, 1 November 2015

Exploring The Forgotten Side Of Bordeaux - Chapter XIII

Usually a estate I like very much when it comes to white Bordeaux. De Fieuzal is a fairly old estate and it used to command high prices when the wine for example was sold to the Vatican in 1893. The property was neglected during and after World War II and it was a Swede, Erik Bocke, the husband of the then owners daughter, that revived the estate, up until 1974 when it was sold.

The wine comes from a 10 ha plot and consists of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is barrel-fermented, there is no malo and it spends up to 18 months in 50% new oak.
The 2008 tasted here.

1990 Château de Fieuzal
The nose is mature and rich with notes of lanolin, dry honey, almond paste, hay and some smoke. Dense, in a good way. A fine maturity. Round and accessible. Very, very good.
The taste feels younger than the nose with ripe yellow fruit, a fine acidity and lots of body. Notes of orange peel, grass, almond cookies and oilcloth. A long, distinctive finish. This is good. Should go on on this level for another 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2015/10)


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