de Fieuzal Blanc 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPessac-Leognan
ColourWhite
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 de Fieuzal Blanc has a well defined bouquet of citrus fruit infused with hints of nutmeg and walnut. The palate is well balanced with a smooth, almost peachy opening. This is not a complex de Fieuzal Blanc, but there is a tempting richness and generosity that keeps you hooked. One of the most seductive of the white Pessac-Léognans this vintage. Drink 2020-2032

Score: 91Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The De Fieuzal 2016 Blanc has a rich, tropical tinged bouquet with scents of guava, pineapple and mango, nicely defined and probably one of the most commercially minded dry white bordeaux. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, with subtle notes of orange rind and nectarine dovetailing into a lightly spiced, stem ginger finish. Certainly this is one of the better examples of its kind this year.
Drink Date 2019 - 2029

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

A dense and structured white with layers of ripe fruit and tannins. Full body. Lots of waxy-lemon, cooked-apple and dried-mango flavors. Traditional style. Needs three to four years to come together. Try after 2022.

Score: 93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

A rich and dense white with a creamy texture defined by flavors of cooked apples and pears with lots of stones as well. Full and flavorful. Big wine here. Perhaps not the 2015 but excellent nonetheless.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 de Fieuzal Blanc is done in a soft, succulent style that offers considerable appeal. Citrus, white flowers, mint and almonds all flesh out in the glass. Sémillon and Muscadelle add that extra kick of mid-palate sweetness that is one of the wine's main signatures.

Score: 89/91Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Lively and lemony. Directed and fresh, but a tad skinny. Fast fade.
Drink 2017-2021

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

9 hectares of vineyard at de Fieuzal produce white grapes - 50:50 Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. 4000 cases produced annually. Green apple and lemon on the nose with a touch of smoke. The palate however is quite tropical, notes of pineapple and melon come through with creamy vanilla. Spicy and ripe on the finish.

Score: 15+Farr Vintners, February 2017

The nose is quite tight the palate firm with lots of citrus. Hints of tropical fruits in the middle sweet fruit towards the back the finish though firm with mineral crispness. 2017-24

Score: 87/89Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Score: 89Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

More obviously rich than some, majoring on toasted hazelnut aromas. It has done its level best to fatten things up in a tough vintage for whites, and manages to do so extremely well, but it can't quite pull off the true minerality of the best vintages. This is well handled though, showing lovely rich citrus flavours accompanied by rosemary and cold ash, with a mouthwatering finish.

Drinking Window 2018 - 2028

Score: 92Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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