Chateau Figeac 2019
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One of my favourite producers, Chateau Figeac is one of the largest wine estates in Saint Emilion on Bordeaux’s right bank. Located on soils comprising mostly of gravel, unlike other right bank producers, the wines of Chateau Figeac are cabernet sauvignon dominant. The history of this estate dates to the 2nd century, with the remains of a Roman villa still present on the property. Before the French revolution Figeac was owned by the well-known Vital Carles family and at one point the estate spanned over 200ha. During the 19th century it was broken up, the reason why so many surrounding estates bear the name Figeac. The Figeac vineyard is a single parcel with three gravelly outcrops that run from north to south. Grapes are usually harvested late due to the majority being cabernet, before being sorted fastidiously and fermented using natural yeasts in wooden vats. The wines are then aged in entirely new oak for 15 to 18 months.
The estate was rated as Grand Cru Classé (B) in the original St Emilion Classification of 1955 and in 2022 was elevated to Grand Cru Classé (A), the highest ranking.
Provenance is the most important thing when buying a wine like this. The wine was purchased direct from the importer and has been stored in a temperature controlled cabinet since it's arrival in Sydney.
Chateau Figeac 2019 Reviews
The Chateau Figeac 2019 vintage is composed of 36% cabernet franc, 34% cabernet sauvignon, and 30% merlot. Lots of great reviews for this stunning wine. Here are just a couple:
"The 2019 Figeac is deep garnet-purple colored. It needs considerable swirling to coax out its alluring perfume of redcurrant jelly, juicy blackcurrants, and blackberries, with underlying suggestions of candied violets, chocolate box, fragrant earth, and lavender plus a touch of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a mind-blowing array of layers with exceptionally ripe, fine-grained tannins and jaw-dropping tension, leading to a fantastically persistent mineral and floral-tinged finish that makes your heart stop. With its energy, structure, and incredible depth, truly, this is a towering triumph."
100 points. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022.
"This is a gorgeous Figeac, balanced and finessed and full of promise for the future - and interesting to note that its blend is almost back to the classic third-of-each-variety of the pre-Rolland days. Just love the clarity and the chiselled quality to the fruits, blueberries, bilberries, cassis - all smooth, concentrated, with excellent acidity but high sweetness, and muscular tannins. Clear smoked sandalwood also but not a hint of dryness, and will clearly melt together with another five or six years in bottle. Can't wait to follow this wine as it ages. Cigar smoke and grilled sandalwood on the finish, the poise and precision on display here is just unmissable. Harvest September 13 to October 17, 100% new oak."
98 points, Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (228), March 2022
"The 2019 Château Figeac is another brilliant wine from Frédéric Faye. This deep purple-hued effort offers a beautiful Pauillac-like bouquet of ripe black cherries, cassis, damp earth, leafy herbs, chocolate, and smoked tobacco. It has classic Figeac herbal, earthy goodness (no doubt due to its high percentage of Cabernet) and is 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. Give bottles 4-5 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following 30+."
98 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, April 2022.
"The 2019 Figeac has turned out brilliantly. Wafting from the glass with 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. Rich but vibrant, this 2019 reflects the new precision that Frédéric Faye has brought to Figeac; but while it's richer and more polished than the wines of yesteryear, the estate's identity hasn't been lost. Drink Date 2029 - 2065."
97 points, William Kelley, RobertParker.com (April 2022), April 2022.
The Chateau Figeac 2019 is available to buy in limited quantities only.