2019 Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

Château Figeac is one of our top picks in 2019: a wine you should secure, while you can. There’s much more Cabernet Franc in the blend than usual, making this basically a third each of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc. This will go down as a wine for the ages: one of the greatest Figeacs ever.

Critic score
98.25/100
Pricing
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
From a client
1 available
£1,516.08
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
From a client
1 available
£1,516.08
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
From a client
1 available
£1,516.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Grand Cru Classé (St Emilion)
2019 Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

TASTING NOTES

The 2019 Figeac is composed of 30% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 13th of September to the 7th of October. The alcohol this year is 14.1% and the pH is 3.7. Steal-your-heart scents of mulberries, black raspberries, Black Forest cake and cassis prance ever so gracefully out of the glass, followed by nuances of plum preserves, red roses, cinnamon toast and clove oil plus just a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate shimmers with electric energy, framed by a solid backbone of wonderfully ripe, grainy Cabernet-led tannins and bold freshness, finishing with fantastic persistence and with tons of emerging earth and floral layers. This is a simply stunning, seemingly effortless, beautifully harmonious expression of the vineyard and the vintage - bravo!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020)
98—100/100

This is one of the most structured and linear Figeac with very fine tannins, yet at an intense level. So complex on the nose with notes of white flowers, blueberries and graphite. It’s full-bodied, very balanced and agile. So transparent and linear with brightness and raciness. 36% cabernet franc, 30% merlot and 34% cabernet sauvignon.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (June 2020)
98—99/100

A higher amount of Cabernet Franc than usual in the blend, really get the Cabernet impact on the nose and on the attack, could easily say Left Bank with the liquorice root, menthol and leafy character. A rich creaminess comes in through the mid palate, with sappy raspberry fruits alongside salinity and minerality. The exuberance of a warm summer is there but it is well hidden under the precision of the tannic structure overall. An extremely impressive and signature Figeac. Juicy on the finish and oh so careful in its tannic delivery. 100% new oak. A yield of 34hl/ha, higher than 2018. 3.7pH.

Jane Anson, Decanter (June 2020)
97/100

The 2019 Figeac was picked from 13 September to 7 October, a total of 4 weeks picking. There is a little more emphasis on the Cabernet Franc this year - 36% of the blend. It is quintessential Figeac on the nose, that is to say that the enticing mélange of Merlot and Cabernet together creates more than a sum of their parts. Here the blackberry, crushed stone and graphite elements are seamlessly enmeshed with the more ravishing red fruit aspects delivered by the ripe Merlot. It is exquisitely defined. The palate is medium-bodied. First impressions are of a Figeac that leans more to the Cabernet/Left Bank side of its personality, quite structured with black fruit dominating, saline and marine-influenced. The Merlot really comes through towards the close delivering that almost clinical mineral-driven finish. Winemaker Frédéric Faye and his team have conjured a deeply impressive, intellectual Figeac this years, amongst the canon of greats that stretch back to the 1940s.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (June 2020)
(97—99)/100
Château Figeac

Like many estates in St-Emilion, Château Figeac dates back to the Roman times. The estate took its name from Figeacus, the Roman who owned a villa on the site of the present château and gave his name to the town. Despite several plots of vines being sold off over the years, including some to its neighbour, Cheval Blanc, Château Figeac remains the largest estate in St-Emilion, with 40 hectares under vine. Its gravel-dominated soils are more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, despite Merlot being the key grape in St-Emilion, so the vines are split equally between the two Cabernets with 30% Merlot. Its current owners, the Manancourt family, have overseen the estate since 1892, and introduced pioneering changes to keep Figeac at its finest. Thierry Manancourt was the first Right Bank winemaker to use stainless steel in the fermentation process and the first Right Bank estate to produce a second wine. Its well-regarded reputation and fine quality St-Emilion suggest that Figeac is a strong contender for promotion to the coveted 1er Grand Cru Classé (A).

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