Bordeaux 2016: Figeac and Conseillante

Bordeaux 2016: Figeac and Conseillante
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

Another Chateau that has turned a corner is Conseillante. We were unconvinced with their 2015, but the 2016 is a revelation. Pure, seductive, stylish, and with an energy and a tension that were lacking in 2015, this is the best Conseillante we have tasted in many many years. Its 96-98 score from The Wine Advocate is entirely warranted.

“The 2016 La Conseillante is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked from 22 September to 13 October and 12-17 October at 39.5 hectoliters per hectare. Winemaker Marielle Cazaux told me that there is 13.8% alcohol, nearly one degree less than in 2015, with a pH of 3.65 and it is matured in 70% new oak. This has a succinct bouquet that is stylistically not that far removed from its neighbor Vieux Château Certan: detailed and understated at first with scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow and a touch of pressed flowers. The palate is very well balanced with a fine backbone, but what really marks out this La Conseillante is the salinity that comes through on the second half. It exerts a gentle grip in the mouth, reveals a little spiciness towards the finish whereupon it gently fans out, leaving a touch of black pepper on the saline aftertaste. This is a classic La Conseillante and the best since the majestic 2010. Similar to that vintage, it will require several years in bottle, but it will be well worth the wait. Drink Date 2023 – 2060. 96-98/100”. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com

Chateau Figeac will be on allocation.


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