Chateau Figeac 2017
Jeb Dunnuck
James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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Chateau Figeac 2017

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With its pedigree style, Chateau Figeac epitomizes the elegance of the great wines of Bordeaux. Its unique style gradually shows through and develops over time.

Chateau Figeac 2017 displays an attractive, deep purple color. The nose reveals an expressive bouquet of small, very fresh red berry fruits (redcurrants, raspberries, and blackcurrant) with some notes of spice coming through (Sichuan pepper). A lovely, delicate, fresh entry on the palate develops with subtle hints of peony and liquorice. The wine’s mouth-feel is full and harmonious. Velvety tannins elegantly envelop a silky texture, enhanced by a mineral note (a touch of graphite). The finish is gourmand, very fruity, with lovely length of flavour, underpinned by great freshness.

96 Points - Wine Spectator    This starts slowly, with black tea and sunbaked loam aromas leading off, followed by a deep well of black currant, fig and blackberry preserve flavors that form the core. From there, iron and espresso cream threads line the finish, where the fruit drips slowly and the aromas linger seductively. This will be a slow burn. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2024 through 2042.

96 Points - James Suckling    This is a dense and layered red with blackberries, blueberries and hints of hazelnuts. Full-bodied, very tight and focused. Impressive young tannins. Velvety texture. Very pretty to taste. Juicy and delicious. 43% merlot, 47% caberent sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc. Less franc than normal due to the frost.

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Production was down by half this year—only producing 55,000 bottles. Made from 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Figeac gives up expressive notes of black cherries, plum preserves, black raspberries and kirsch, giving way to hints of dried leaves, cinnamon toast and warm cassis plus a waft of lavender. Medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful vibrancy with a refreshing line cutting through the crunchy black fruits and a firm, finely grained frame, finishing long and spicy.

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast    The Cabernets, both Sauvignon and Franc, have produced a wine that is structured and firm, with plenty of backbone as well as fruit and acidity. It will be a juicy, rich wine that is sure to age well. The aftertaste is ripe and fruity. Drink from 2024.

95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck    The grand vin is the 2017 Chateau Figeac, which was made only from first-generation grapes and is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and only 10% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in new French oak. It offers a beautiful bouquet of creme de cassis, tobacco, violets, and tobacco, with a touch of forest floor and earth. Made in a pure, elegant, medium-bodied style, it's beautifully textured, seamless and elegant, with silky tannins and a solid spine of acidity. It's going to be drinkable in 4-5 years and cruise for 15-20 years.

93 Points - Decanter    An estate that saw a heavy frost, losing 55% of the crop and achieving yields of 22hl/ha, but has managed to deliver a lovely wine that majors on elegance, and that emphasises the Cabernet over Merlot character to good effect. Not the intensity of 2015, 2016, 2018, but hard to disagree with the pleasure, the confidence and poise of the wine. Firm tannins also, and the most gorgeous hint of cold ash and woodsmoke curling out of the glass, this will continue to develop and deepen over next decade and beyond. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040.

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