Château de Fieuzal: Vineyards

As I have already described in my profile of Domaine de Chevalier, the Château de Fieuzal estate lies on the southern periphery of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. To the west is the aforementioned Chevalier estate, to the east the town of Martillac and, nearby, Château Latour-Martillac and Domaine de la Solitude. To the south are largely forests, a fact which reflects the origins of the Fieuzal estate, one that was once dedicated to forestry rather than viticulture. Beyond the trees there are swathes of intensively-farmed agricultural land. The vineyards are very easy to locate, lying on both sides of the D651 as it heads south out of the town of Léognan, just past Château Malartic-Lagravière.

Château de Fieuzal

The Fieuzal estate has waxed and waned in size over the years, the major changes being due to the cleaving off of the Haut-Gardère vineyard, subsequently reunited with the estate in the mid-1990s. As a consequence the vineyards today cover approximately 75 hectares, of which 65 hectares are planted to red vines, and 10 hectares are dedicated to white. The red varieties planted are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon which accounts for 50%, with 40% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot; sources which provide data on vineyard area or proportion of red varieties which are significantly different to those presented here are probably using outdated sources which refer to the vineyard prior to the absorption of the Haut-Gardère vines.

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