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2019 Château Figeac

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June 16, 2024 - $185

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RATINGS

99Vinous / IWC

Deep layers of red/purplish fruit, cedar, tobacco, mint and dried flowers are framed by a super-classic expression of structure that keeps things in balance.

99Wine Enthusiast

The wine is seriously rich with solid tannins. The tannins are softening into a more velvet texture that suits this style of wine well. It is giving a smoky character to the wine as well as richness. This is a great wine, very aromatic and concentrated.

98James Suckling

This is a really beautiful red with crushed-berry, plum, bark, mushroom and earth character. It’s full and creamy-textured with lots of tannins, but they are integrated and polished and flow across the palate.

98Jeb Dunnuck

...bouquet of ripe black cherries, cassis, damp earth, leafy herbs, chocolate, and smoked tobacco...medium to full-bodied on the palate, has perfect tannins and flawless balance, all making for a brilliant Saint-Emilion that brings richness and power paired with finesse and elegance.

97The Wine Advocate

...aromas of blackberries, cassis, warm spices, violets and pencil shavings, framed by a deft touch of nicely integrated new oak, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with terrific depth at the core, powdery structuring tannins and lively acids, concluding with a long, precise finish.

95Wine Spectator

Large-scaled, capturing all the rich and flamboyant cassis, steeped plum and blackberry reduction notes...broad swath of loam and warm gravel underneath as tobacco and alder accents fill in wherever possible.

18.5Jancis Robinson

Floral and dark-fruit fragrance. Beautiful texture, the fruit and tannins intertwined. Real density of tannin but nothing aggressive. So much freshness. Pure, long and clean on the finish. Precise and harmonious. Absolutely spot on.

PRODUCER

Château Figeac

Château Figeac is a 99-acre estate in the St.-Emilion appellation. It is a Premier Grand Cru Class B in the official classification of St.-Emilion wine. Figeac traces its history to the second century, when a Roman named Figeacus built an estate on the site. By the late 18th century the estate was nearly 500 acres in size, but it was subsequently subdivided several times. By the early 20th century it had passed on to the Manoncourt family, which still owns and operates it. Unlike most other St.-Emilion estates, Château Figeac grows a significant amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, which thrives in the estate’s gravel soil. The vineyards are planted to 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. Because of the Cabernet Sauvignon the estate’s wines sometimes are thought to have more in common with the Bordeaux of Medoc and Graves than the other wines of St.-Emilion.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.