Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2016

  Château Figeac

Figeac enjoys one of the most complex and exciting terroirs in St Emilion. Based just below the plateau of Pomerol, the estate lies adjacent to Cheval Blanc on three croupes. The soils consist of gravel, iron-pan, sand, clay and molasses and are quite unique to Figeac. As a result, the vineyards are planted with almost equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Michel Rolland consults here, and the style is very much to our liking. Freshness and lift are hallmarks of good Figeac. Produced from 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc and 36% Merlot the 2016 Figeac is floral and mineral with some leafy Cabernet perfume. On the palate there is plenty of crunchy red berry fruit; lovely purity here, a real sense of energy, polished fruit and fine gravel notes. It is honest and authentic and actually rather sophisticated. Figeac fans are in for a treat!

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.