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Chateau Figeac is a Premier Grand Cru Classe B in the St. Emillion classification of 2012-13. The vineyard is unusual, in that it tends to be gravel based, without the clay and sand found in many other St. Emillion vineyards. In addition, the wine is unusual, in that it is made up of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Cabernet Franc and the balance Merlot, which is not at all a common blend. The percentage of both Cabernet grapes are far higher than is normally seen in St. Emillion.
One result of the "cepage" is that the wines of Chateau Figeac tend to age very well, while also being rich and elegant. The 2009 is an exceptional wine, with average ratings of 95 points. Wine Spectator gave the wine 96 points. The wine is medium bodied, fresh, supple and soft in texture, offering fresh black cherry, herbs, minerality and earthy scents. Generous for Figeac, the wine ends with soft, fresh, pure, black raspberry and cherry notes.
With its pedigree style, Chateau Figeac epitomises the elegance of the great wines of Bordeaux. Its unique style gradually shows through and develops over time.
This great wine displays a distinctive rich nose that has wonderful aromatic complexity. On the palate, the Cabernet Sauvignon reveals lovely floral aromas in the first year then, as the wine ages, great structure on the palate. The Cabernet Franc brings lots of freshness in the tannins, and the Merlot contributes roundness and flesh. The attack on the palate is clean, the texture is silky, and the complexity elegant. The characteristic freshness of Figeac is underpinned by great length of flavor. With its long aging potential, the wine goes on in time to reveal hints of forest floor, leather, cigar-box and licorice – always with its hallmark elegance.
96 Points - Wine Spectator
Distinctive, with atypical (for St.-Emilion) force and drive to the black currant, roasted cedar and maduro tobacco flavors, which are supported by a dense, loam-tinged structure. Terrific roasted espresso, ganache and fig paste notes wait in reserve. Very muscular, but with the cut for balance. Best from 2017 through 2035.
96 Points James Suckling
So much forest fruit, fresh mushrooms and sweet tobacco. Complex. Full body and very polished, velvety tannins. A long and flavorful finish. Still tight. A big and rich wine. Needs five to six years more. But impressive to taste already.
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