2020 Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

The 2020 Château Figeac is one of the wines of the vintage. Incredibly refined and almost haunting in its aromatics, this is so mineral, focussed, and utterly beguiling. The finish lasts an age: this is one of the longest, purest, most complex wines we've tried this year. You have to have it.

Critic score
97.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£189.88
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£1,139.28

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    37% Merlot
    32% Cabernet Franc
    31% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Maturity
    Young 2028 - 2053
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
  • Classification
    Grand Cru Classé (St Emilion)
2020 Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

TASTING NOTES

This is a really sophisticated young wine with tobacco, crushed stone, currants and dark chocolate on the nose, following through to a medium to full body with intense yet linear tannins and a spicy, fresh finish. Some cloves and black pepper. Graphite at the end. Very long. 37% merlot, 32% cabernet franc and 31% cabernet sauvignon.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (June 2021)
97—98/100
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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