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 2010 vintage is generally considered an exceptional one in the Bordeaux region, but it is considered a particularly exceptional one for the Chateau Figeac 2010. The Merlot gives it richness and roundness and the Cabernet Sauvignon is sumptuous and charming with red fruit. There is no doubt that once again Chateau Figeac is one of Saint-Emilion's greatest wines. In the mouth, the attack of this First Classified Growth is elegant and complex with quite a tannic mouthfeel, but it is full of finesse and a lot of personality. It is a First Classified Growth vintage with a lot of class.
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 liquorice –always with its hallmark elegance.
Robert Parker Rating: 94
Grape Variety: 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc and 33% Merlot
Alcohol percentage: 14%