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Chateau de Fieuzal, Pessac-Leognan 2009

Located in the southern part of the appellation - Leognan – and ranked among the Crus Classés for red wine in the Classification of Graves wine of 1953 and 1959. Chateau de Fieuzal is currently owned by Lochlann Quinn of Allied Irish Banks.

Comprised of 48Ha under vine, 39Ha of red with proportions of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon with 33% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot. 9Ha are planted for cultivation of white grapes, typical for the Graves area. Soils are composed of gravel, sand, clay and stone.

A large-scale modernisation of winemaking facilities was completed in 2012 allowing for vinification of wines on a parcel by parcel basis.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are vinified in steel, Merlot and Cabernet Franc in oak. Wines are aged in an 40%-50% new French oak barrels for between 16-24 months, depending on the varietal and vintage.

On the nose the 2009 vintage shows an open and aromatic nose. Full bodied, concentrated on the palette with sweet blackcurrant preserve, fig, cigar box and a hint of graphite. Silky, smooth tannic structure. Round and long finish.

Approachable in youth with decantation, this wine is ready to drink or may benefit from further ageing.

Pair with roasted leg of lamb, beef, venison.

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