2016 Fieuzal Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1443123 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tautly textured, this wine has minerality and a good structure that complements the rich fruits. It is balanced, rich while fresh, structured while packed with fruits. The wine will age well, so wait until 2023. (RV)  (4/2019)

93 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/2019)

92 points Decanter

 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. (JA)  (4/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The de Fieuzal 2016 Blanc reveals subtle lime cordial, lemon juice and pomelo scents with wafts of peach blossoms and tangerine peel. Medium-bodied with a good core of vivacious citrus flavors in the mouth, it has a racy backbone and mineral-tinged finish. (LPB)  (11/2018)

91 points Vinous

 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. (NM)  (1/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A friendly style, with a creamy hint along the edges of the yellow apple, white ginger, pear, jasmine and salted butter notes. There's a pretty straw tint to the finish. Drink now through 2021. (JM)  (3/2019)

Jancis Robinson

 Dusty, Chablis-like nose, then ripe citrus on the scented palate. This is really all about texture on the palate, creamy, leesy, but with the fruit fresh to the end. 16.5/20 points. (JH)  (10/2018)


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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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.