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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Figeac

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

St Emilion

Grape Blend:

Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2018

6x75cl £1,086.00

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Tasting Note:

Frederic Faye was in an ebullient mood when we met in the makeshift tasting room at Figeac. He described the 2018 as a 'symphonie fantastique'. This could be said of any of the last few vintages of Figeac - this is a chateau back on top form. Figeac is quite unique in terms of its topography, terroir and cépage. The blend this year is 37% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is in part this diversity that gives the full orchestra effect. Frederic coined it a 'vintage of decision', it wasn't a year for procrastinators. Big decisions needed to be taken at key moments. Although conditions were perfect during harvest, pick dates were critical. In the winery they chose gentle macerations with no delestage or pigeage. No sulphates were used during the vinifications. And at blending, it required seven sessions to nail down the final assemblage. The result is spectacular. Initially one is hit by glorious aromas of flowers, crème de menthe, pure cassis, graphite and fine thyme. The texture is so fine and laced with delicate nuances; silky, juicy and pure. Waves of fruit flow over the palate - there is something sumptuous and kaleidoscopic about the fruit, yet there is a real authority and precision. The symphony all reaches a crescendo as the tannins gently grip the palate, staining the taste buds with pure crème de cassis and salty minerals. Encore!

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