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Bordeaux 2016: Figeac and Conseillante
13 June 2017

As we reach the culmination of the 2016 primeur campaign, it seems that every mailer talks about a “potential wine of the vintage”. Well, true to form, we have another very viable contender: Chateau Figeac. Under the supervision of Frédéric Faye and Michel Rolland, Figeac has experienced a prodigious renaissance. We have watched over the past few vintages as the wines have developed stature and authority. The 2016 is a towering example, which recalls the glory vintages of the past, reflecting the inimitable topography of Figeac, and combining it with the modernist approach of one of the world’s greatest oenologists. It is a masterpiece, and a wine that collectors should proactively seek out. “The 2016 Figeac is a blend of 36% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked from 23 September until 20 October at 49 hectoliters per hectare with 13.9% alcohol. The acidity is 3.67 pH, and it matured in 100% new oak (focused on five cooperages). This is a property that opened a new chapter in 2013, when Michel Rolland's services as a master blender have been called upon and engendered far greater harmony between the three grape varieties, now all singing from the same hymn sheet. It has a crisp blackberry nose, a little closed at first, opening nicely in the glass and offering raspberry coulis, pencil box and subtle mint aromas—classic Figeac in many ways. The palate is extraordinarily well balanced with a fine lattice of tannin sculpted to perfection. There is a slight edginess to this Figeac that I adore, the Cabernets very expressive, more so than the 2015, with graphite infusing every pore of the black fruit. This Figeac has an outstanding structure and a saline finish that beckons you back for another sip. The 2015 Figeac was stunning and the 2016 no less. Tasted on four separate occasions, and in the end, only one (banded) score became inevitable. Drink 2026 - 2060. 98-100/100”. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com    Read More

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