Sunday, March 29, 2009

1998 Château de Fieuzal

Type Red
Producer Château de Fieuzal
Variety Red Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
SubRegion Graves
Appellation Pessac-Léognan

The Wooden Guys just love old Bordeaux. The fruit has faded. Back then wood was not as prevalent. Instead, it is like a trip to the flower shop. In a glass.

An older Bordeaux is a beautiful thing. The color was just starting to turn brick red, without even a hint of orange at the edges. The nose and palate are delicate, trending toward sublime, rather than big and fruity. The nose was light, delicate. The first aroma was dry ancient leather, then a hint of tarragon. Florals followed, very light scents of lavendar and lilac flowing from the glass.

On the palate, too, there were delicate flavors. Fruit had retired, gone after a decade in the bottle, replaced by soft leather, lavendar and lilac, and a bit of fennel. The feel was silky smooth, acids still bright. The finish was long.

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1 comment:

Jen said...

Very appealing notes for this Bordeaux!