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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Figeac

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

St Emilion

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet

Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2020

Tasting Note:

At the very first nose, you know this is something very special. It is immensely complex and utterly engaging. Beautifully detailed notes of pure cassis, lavender, violets, liquorice, black cherry and incense unfurl from the glass. There’s laser like precision to the fruit. It’s so taut and full of verve; powerful yet graceful, full of tension and detail. The tannins are wonderfully integrated and grip the mouth with a calm authority revealing complex minerals and spices. It feels befitting that this is the first wine to be made in the new cellars. Another superb Figeac. 37% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon.

"This delivers concentration and intensity, a ton of black fruits, definitely Cabernet dominant in terms of fruit, and its slightly serious character, with a whoosh of juice on the finish. An extremely elegant and controlled wine, with savoury bilberry and loganberry, then peony and tobacco leaf as it opens. Tannins are finely layered but there are a lot of them. Not an exuberant Figeac, but this is rarely a wine that rushes out to seduce, it takes its time and has ageing potential in spades. The gravel soils in the drought of the summer meant the grapes slowed their ripening process, although only the youngest vines suffered blockages, and that combined with the high Cabernet content of Figeac means lower alcohols than the past few years, giving a classic balance and a feeling of effortless success. 75% of the production went into the first wine. Harvest September 4 to October 1, a full five weeks. Their final yield here was around 37hl/ha, (higher than in 2019 at Figeac, which was 34hl/ha). As with on the Left Bank, the Cabernet Sauvignons were the lowest yield (30hl/ha), with tiny berries so had to be careful with the extraction. First vintage in the new cellars." 96/100 - Janes Anson, Decanter.com

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