Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2017

  Château Figeac

Chateau Figeac describe the 2017 as a rollercoaster of a vintage. Few of the big names in Bordeaux were hit so hard by the frosts. A lot of painstaking work went into this vintage, to tend the frost affected vines and care for those spared. Over 20,000 vines were marked out individually in preparation for a separate harvest. These second generation bunches were harvested in intra-plot selections and vinified in small temperate controlled vats. These berries were very small and concentrated and displayed great promise, so the grand vin incorporates roughly 10% second generation growth in the final blend. Produced from 43% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc from yields of 22 hl/ha. This is yet another very impressive Figeac with beautiful aromas of bramble fruit and mineral infused cassis. The palate is very broad and packed with cool black fruit, spice and minerals, then there are secondary nuances of mocha and Asian spice. It is all very compact with a composed, a classy Cabernet style with an outstanding tannic profile which grips the mouth and gives authority and purpose. A fabulous effort.

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.