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2014 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé
ABV 14%

We tasted this with a life-long Figeac afficionado. For him the Michel Rolland influence was too clear in 2014. It is indeed polished and glossy. Full, ripe-fruited and tightly-packed, very 'of the vintage' here. Slick, intense and attractive plump plums in the dense core, brightened by the odd lick of perky acidity. Certainly impressive, this is a head-turner, but perhaps signs of a new dawn here that will not win the hearts of all. Rating: 93-94 L&S (Mar 2015)

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We return here to succulence and power, after a tricky 2013 vintage. Still young at this point, it will benefit from a few more years in bottle. Majoring on dark spices, rosemary, sage and mint leaf, along with cassis and bilberry fruit. Cabernet dominant in character even though Merlot is the majority grape in this year. Good persistency through the finish, with the tannins stetching out and staying present. 33hl/hyield, 100% new oak for aging. Harvest September 9 to October 12, making the most of excellent September and early October weather ater a cooler summer. Drinking range: 2024 - 2042 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, Decanter (Apr 2022)

The 2014 Figeac is showing splendidly. Vivid, red berry fruit, raspberry, Tay berry and strawberry intertwine with rose petal and crushed rock. There is less “smoke” than I have noticed in previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh entry, crisp acidity, a lovely underlying salinity with a clean and precise finish. It is not a complex or multi-dimensional Figeac…that was to come, but it serves as a delicious precursor to what was to come. Tasted at the château. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 95 Neal Martin, (Dec 2021)

The 2014 Figeac has a classic Saint-Émilion bouquet with pure raspberry and crushed strawberry scents, wet stone and smoke, wonderfully defined and vibrant. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, poised and focused, good backbone with a linear and precise finish that suggests it will require several years in bottle. It is predestined to be overshadowed by the subsequent 2015 and 2016, but you would be foolish to ignore this gem. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2024 - 2055 Rating: 95 Neal Martin, (Mar 2018)

Château Figeac

Figeac is a very ancient estate dating from the Gallo-Roman period. Its origins go back to at least the 2nd century, at which time it belonged to the Figeacus family, who gave their name to the “villa” located on this site. Château Figeac has been in the family of the present owner since 1892. Thierry Manoncourt, later assisted by his wife, Marie–France, took great pains to renovate the vineyards in order to bring Figeac up to the level of the very greatest Bordeaux. Today, his daughter Laure and his son-in-law Count Eric d’Aramon have joined them in managing the estate, and perpetuating the family tradition. Figeac is located in the “Graves de Saint Emilion”. It has an unusual topography and outstanding terroir consisting of three gravelly outcrops. This explains why Figeac is the right bank wine chateau with the highest proportion of Cabernet grapes. It is a great but atypical wine, often called “the most Médoc of Saint Emilion wines”.

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