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CHÂTEAU FIGEAC

2015 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

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

29 % Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 43% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very deep colour with a fresh blue edge. Nose is fresh, a dryer sense than the Petit Figeac, more pencils (lead and shavings) than outright fruit, with an excellent floral lift. Fleshy, but still cool and dry in its expression. Excellent ripe fine tannins build in intensity. The winemaker went straight to compare it to 2005/9/10 - 'an idyllic vintage for us, the weather good at the end, so we had a full month to pick each plot just when we wanted, and all the varieties are top quality'. I'd be inclined to agree that Figeac seem to have nailed this vintage. The high proportion of Cabernets (71% in total) and the position on the clay-limestone hillside meant the wines did not become heavy, and anyway they picked all the Merlot by the 25th of September and the last of the Cabernets by the 15th October as they do not seek overripeness. Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2016)


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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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