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de Fieuzal 2020

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Consistently good wines are produced here at this Irish-owned château. The prices remain modest despite the quality and the wines are always typically Graves in style. Strong efforts are being made here by wine-maker Stephen Carrier - who has added a cellar master previously from Pape Clement and has recently changed his consultant to Thomas Duclos of Château Canon fame. The 60 hectares of vines are planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot. Barrel ageing for 14-18 months in 65% new oak.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2020de FieuzalBT2 \ 024304.001293/94 JS2433.77777733333394.0093.00Fieuzal Rouge0.7510
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Tasting Notes

A ripe, savory red with blackberry, blueberry, mushroom and walnut aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied and dense with layers of fruit and tannins.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2021

Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 de Fieuzal sashays out of the glass with scents of black cherry compote, blackcurrant pastilles and baked plums, plus hints of violets, dark chocolate, powdered cinnamon and dried mint. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black fruits, framed by wonderfully velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on an uplifting mineral note. 2024 - 2040

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2021

Ruby red, plenty of red fruit aromatics also, savoury redcurrant and raspberry, not as concentrated as some, this has sinew and juice, a little austere, but I like the floral aromatics as it opens. A fairly subdued Fieuzal, structured with excellent juicy tension but not generous at this point. Tasted twice. 14 months ageing.

Drinking Window 2026 - 2042

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, May 2021

The 2020 is a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. The grapes were picked earlier than ever before here and there is a high percentage of Merlot in the blend as they were especially pleased with the variety's performance this year. Bright ruby colour in the glass. Heady red fruit, full of plums on the nose. The palate is warming and full of red cherries with a glossy, slick tannin structure. Earthy and rich through to the finish.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2021

(55% M, 35% CS, 10% PV; 13.5% ABV)
Densely ripe, black-fruit nose, stylish, subtly mineral; elegantly restrained balance; a rich middleweight, fresh in acidity, very fine in tannins; long and graceful in a 2020 ebulliently fruity style, particularly ripe and generous from the highest proportion ever of Merlot, stylish, aromatic, succulent, and fine, and with lovely fruit length, too. 2026–40+.

Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine, May 2021
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