Premier Grand Cru Classé "B"
Producer: Château Figeac
Figeac is a very ancient estate dating from the Gallo-Roman period. Its origins go back to at least the 2nd century AD, at which time it belonged to the Figeac us family, who gave their name to the "villa" located on this site. Chateau Figeac has been in the family of the present owners 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 an outstanding terroir consisting of three gravelly outcrops. This explains why Figeac is the right bank wine with the highest proportion of Cabernet grapes. It is a great but atypical wine, often called "the most Médoc of Saint Emilion wines".
The 2009 was the last vintage crafted by Thierry, who, over the course of his 64 years on the estate, drove it forward from the days when oxen ploughed the land to becoming the forward-thinking estate it is today, producing superb wines of charm, delicacy and personality. In the 2009 concentrated fruitiness and fine structure harmonise with elegant perfume, freshness on the finish, the gentlest of tannins and exceptional length. It is a wine that expresses that unique terroir of the estate: the fast-draining gravels and iron-rich subsoil that provide a home for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes which contribute in turn structure, aromatics and opulence.
The medium garnet colored 2009 Figeac features a very pretty perfume of rose hip tea, lilacs and cinnamon stick over a core of red and black currant preserves plus hints of dried herbs and sweaty saddles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers bags of savory fruit layers with plenty of floral sparks, framed by rounded tannins, finishing on a earthy note.
Robert Parker Rating: 94
Grape Variety: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot
Alcohol percentage: 13.5%