2015 Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

With great depth of flavour and excellent concentration, this is another impressive Figeac. The palate is serious, with chewy yet very fine tannins and lovely purity on the finish. The 43% Cabernet Sauvignon gives considerable structure, and the 28% Cabernet Franc ensures beautiful perfume. This is extracted and powerful, but remains balanced: a masterclass in winemaking.

Critic score
95/100
Pricing
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
From a client
1 available
£1,209.60

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    43% Cabernet Sauvignon
    29% Merlot
    28% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2035
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Grand Cru Classé (St Emilion)
2015 Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

TASTING NOTES

The 2015 Figeac is superb. A blast of tannin hits the palate first followed by waves of inky purplish fruit, exotic spices, new leather, lavender and mint. Beams of pulsating acidity and structure give the 2015 much of its super-distinctive personality. The 2015 is powerful and built to age, that much is clear. In 2015, Figeac brings together the generosity of the year with the classic sense of structure that is so unique to Figeac, with a touch greater polish that Michel Rolland has brought since he arrived. The 2015 is compelling. It's as simple as that.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)
93—96/100

The 2015 Figeac is a blend of 29% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 43% Cabernet Sauvignon that was picked from 21 September with the Merlot until 15 October with the Cabernet Sauvignon at 41 hectoliters per hectare. The Cabernet comes through strongly on the nose - classic Figeac in many ways - black fruit, a touch of cassis, pencil and a touch of rose petal. The palate is drop-dead gorgeous, its foundation a lattice of filigree tannin and perfectly judged acidity. It is very fresh from its vivacious start to its pencil-lead finish imbued with effortless grace. It is almost comical that naysayers decried that Michel Rolland would turn Figeac into some kind of fruit bomb. Head winemaker Frédéric Faye has overseen a tip-top classic Figeac without any of the greenness that occasionally affected older vintages, now boasting a level of precision up there with the very best in the Right Bank. It was difficult to find fault with this quite astonishing Saint Emilion and who knows what could transpire once it is in bottle.

Neal Martin, robertparker.com (April 2016)
97—99/100

Lovely combo of opulence and freshness. The Cabernet Sauvignon surely helps. Real drive and Figeac character. Real savour. Sappy.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)
18/20
Decanter (April 2016)
95/100

This is the most structured Figeac in modern times. I tasted wines from this estate from the 1920s and 1910s but this is something. Full and powerful. Pure and focused. Extracted Cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
97—98/100