Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2014

  Château Figeac

Hmmmm. This certainly proved divisive. There is unquestionably plenty of vibrant sweet cherry and loganberry fruit and no noticeable oak, although elevage will take place in 100% new barrels. Bizarrely in a year that so evidently favours Cabernet Franc, Figeac have departed from their customary 1:1:1 ratio and have adopted slightly more Merlot in the blend (40% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon). This polished, modern effort with ample velour textured fruit and good length is absolutely fine, but it is quite a departure from the Figeacs of the past. Michel Rolland's touch may have improved the wine technically, but in the process he may have removed some of its soul.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Figeac

Situated just to the west of Cheval Blanc close to the Pomerol boarder, Figeac has a Medoc-like gravelly terroir that is best suited to the Cabernet varietals. The wines are unique and can be excellent, however, recent release prices have been expensive. Back vintages (pre 2009) are worth looking out for.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.