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Château Figeac

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2018 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

Pitch black in color with purple accents, my glass seemed like it was packed with an orchard of berries! The fruit pops from the get go. Blackberry, smoke, licorice, flowers and earthy black plums are impossible to avoid. And why would you want to miss out on all this complexity? Everything is in balance here as the volume is matched by the freshness and level of purity in the fruit. And to top things off, the tannins are incredibly velvety. The fruit coats your palate in all the right ways with a finish that never wants to leave. The wine was made from a blend of 37% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 14% alcohol and the picking took place from September 17 to October 12. 98-100 Pts

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2017 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

The wine is richly textured, dark in color, showing purity of fruit with weight and density. Flowers, dark plums and black raspberry aromatics prevail with an extra nuance of licorice and wet earth. Everything here comes alive with a bit of coaxing. Full-bodied, the wine offers its fruit without much effort. There is length, freshness and soft polished textures in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.66. Due to the frost yields were quite low this year, producing only 22 hectoliters per hectare.

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2016 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 100

Still looking like a barrel sample, the wine shows off a bouquet of flowers, black plums, smoke, licorice, coffee bean, wet earth and cherry. Full-bodied, rich, silky, velvety, long and frankly, this is just a joy to feel on your palate. The wine is sensuous, opulent and yet, remains focused on the freshness and purity of the fruit at its core. This is stunning in every sense of the word. If you score a bottle, try it within a year or so, else age it for 12 or more years. This is another 1949 in the making! The wine was made from blending 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc.

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Knocking on the door of 100 Pts, this leaves you speechless. The wine offers mouth coating layers of silk and velvet drenched fruit. The wine combines, lift, opulence and length, with a finish that sticks with you for close to 60 seconds. This is a contender for wine of the vintage!

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A great blend of density and supple, sensuous textures, velvety tannins and continuous waves of sweet, ripe, pure boysenberry, black cherry, licorice and chocolate. The fruit is very precise. The sweetness and purity is complimented by vibrant acidity and there is mouth-coating fruit that's fresh from start to finish. It’s often easy for me to choose a favorite vintage between 2015 and 2016 but not here. This is sublime! From a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.67 and will be aged in 100% new French oak for 18 months. The picking took place September 23 to October 20. The Grand Vin represents 60% of the harvest.

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2015 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

This is silky, rich and decadent, it's almost off the charts. Blackberry, licorice, espresso, truffle and pure black cherry aromatics create the bouquet. On the palate this is where the wine really hits the home run! Silky, polished, vibrant, intense and concentrated, the wine expands as it lingers moving from the mid palate to the silky, full bodied, blast of fruit, spice, vibrancy and dark fruits. The velvet textured finish stays on your palate for over 50 seconds with all its deep, dark, perfectly ripe fruits. This should age for 30-50 years without trouble. There are wines you want to have in your cellar and there are wines you want your friends to cellar as well, and this is one of those wines.

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I really liked this in barrel, but I am loving it in bottle. WOW! This is stunning! There are wines you want to have in your cellar and there are wines you want your friends to cellar as well, and this is one of those wines. This is silky, rich and decadent, it's almost off the charts. The wine offers purity f fruit, length, concentration, character and complexity. The velvet textured finish sticks with you for more than 50 seconds with all its deep, dark, perfectly ripe, sweet red sensuously textured fruits. This should age for 30-50 years with no trouble.

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Intensity, concentration, complexity, character and length. The wine offers finesse, silky tannins and purity in its red berry, velvet textured fruits. This should age effortlessly for 3 decades or more. OK, this is not your grandmother's Figeac, and that's just fine. I love my grandmother, but this is a better wine!

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This was the best wine ever produced at Figeac, until they made the 2016. But that should not take anything away from this stunner. Lusciously textured, hedonistic, fragrant and complex, the wine has everything needed to hit the top, or surpass my initial score range..

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I loved this wine! I really liked it during the April tastings, but in just a few short months, the wine has morphed into one of the top wines of the vintage! It has put on weight, the tannins are pure velvet and the finish sticks with you for close to 60 seconds. If you have been thinking about buying the wine, pick up a few bottles, it is really off the hook. Clearly this is the best wine produced at the estate since the great era of Figeac in the 40's & 50s! 97-99 Pts

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This wine displays the darkest hue of any Figeac vintage I recall seeing. The nose, with its floral, gravel, tobacco, earth and spearmint profile, is a real treat. On the palate, the wine offers a fresh, vibrant blast of perfectly ripe, sweet, blackberry, boysenberry, plum and a dash of cocoa. The tannins are silky with good concentration, freshness and purity of fruit. Interestingly, the wine does not seem like it’s going to last on your palate, but it surprises you, as it just keeps going and going until morning, with a sweet climax of juicy plum, licorice and cigar wrapper notes. Clearly, the best Figeac in years. From a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 28% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.75. The wine will be aged in 100% new, French oak for 18 months. The picking took place September 21 to October 15 and the Grand Vin was produced from 65% of the harvest.

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2014 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Medium bodied, finesse styled, elegant wine with tobacco, coffee and plums. Classic in style, with soft tannins, silky textures and bright, spicy, earthy red fruits are easily available in the finish.

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Deep in color, the first thing you notice is the gravel scents that move to blackberry, tobacco and cigar box aromas. There is richness and concentration, refined but present tannin, mineral drive and a dark berry finish. From a blend of 40% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol and will be aged in 100% new, French oak for 18 months. The yields were 33 hectoliters per hectare. 93-94 Pts

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2013 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Medium bodied, finesse styled, elegant wine with a focus on fresh, sweet, red fruits, softness and floral accents. Give this a few years and it could be even better as it continues to fill out. Part of the reason for the success of the wine in this difficult year was the increased percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. In fact, with 50% of the blend devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon, this vintage holds the record for the most Cabernet ever used in the history of Figeac.

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Ruby in color, with a nose of chocolate, coffee bean and raspberries, the wine is medium bodied, soft, bright and completed by sweet, fresh cherries. From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, (The highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used in over 30 years!) 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The wine is aging in 100% new French oak. I am not sure why there is so much muss, fuss and fear over bringing in Michel Rolland. The team of Rolland and Frederic Faye are clearly helping the estate as this is a very successful wine for the vintage. Far too many writers and consumers should not live in the past. They should actually taste the wines before deciding on if they like a wine, or not. It will be interesting to see what happens at Figeac when the next great vintage arrives. 90-92 Pts

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2012 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

The first vintage blended with Michel Rolland shows licorice, stone, fresh dark berries, cigar box and a hint of oak, with a sweet, dark chocolate, round plum character.

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From a blend of blend of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a different style for Figeac. Much of the credit goes to the bringing in Michel Rolland and Valmy Nicolas from Chateau La Conseillante in Pomerol. This is the first vintage where Michel Rolland was involved in the blending. Notes of truffle, earth, coffee bean, licorice and spicy berry notes opened to a silky, round, supple textured, elegant wine, filled with ripe, sweet, plums and black raspberries. 92-94 Pts

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2011 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

With equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the wine reached 13% alcohol. Aged in 100% new oak, forest floor, stone, red berry and leafy aromas open to a medium-bodied, tannic, red berry-dominated St. Emilion. There is some dryness in the kirsch finish. 88-90 Pts

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2010 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Fresh herbs, dark ripe berries, licorice, cassis and green peppercorn aromas fill the perfume. Full bodied, tannic and slightly austere in character, with intensity, licorice and bright black cherry flavors, this is a successful vintage for the traditionally styled Figeac. 92-94 Pts

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2009 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Forward, silky, soft, medium-bodied and already a pleasure to drink, the floral, cherry, thyme, tobacco leaf and wet earthy nuances are already blooming here.

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Young, as expected, but clearly a beauty, with its supple, silky, textures, ripe, pure, sweet fruits and aromatic complexities. Hold it for at least another 5-7 years and the wine will just about be hitting its prime time slot.

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The last few years have been good to this wine. It's put on weight, added better, more opulent, rounder textures and gained additional nuances. Lush, silky, refined and character driven, with luck, this will continue moving in the right direction. Still, this is quite young. Another 5-8 more years will add even more to the wine.

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Medium bodied, fresh, supple and soft in texture, the wine offers fresh black cherry, herbs, minerality and earthy scents. Generous for Figeac, the wine ends with soft, fresh, pure, black raspberry and cherry notes.

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2009 Figeac opens with notes of blackberries, cassis, minerality, and licorice. The wine finishes with dark berries and spice. 90-93 Pts

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2008 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

The nose starts off with truffle, wet earth, leaf, thyme and dried pit fruits. Medium bodied, the tannins are firm, the fruit is bright and earthy. Even though the color shows age and you find secondary aromatics, another 5 years or more in the cellar should help soften the tannins and perhaps add a bit more flesh.

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2007 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

With a nose of fresh herbs, spice, dried cherries and earth, this medium bodied St. Emilion wine ended with a red fruit dominated, short finish and some drying sensations.

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2006 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

A firm style of Figeac, with an almost austere leaning due to the preponderance of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Better on the nose, with its floral, fresh red berry and earthy leanings, than on the palate. Time could soften the wine, but like many 2006 Right bank wines, it's proobably always going to be a bit stern.

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2005 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Tobacco, with thyme, forest floor, mint and cherries in the nose. The wine is medium bodied, open and delivers a short, finish with some rusticity in the tannins. This style of wine will definitely appeal to tasters seeking out more of a classic style of Bordeaux.

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The traditional, light and austere style made it hard for me to enjoy. I found the wine offering "4 T's." Tight, tannic, tart and traditional. I would have scored the wine much higher if it had been at least a tad tawdry.

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2001 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Medium bodied, with a focus on bright red , spice, earth, wet forest scents and a hint of mint. The soft finish is a bit light, but the red cherries are sweet and fresh.

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2000 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium bodied and rapidly maturing, the wine is dominated by redd fruits, earth and spice. The bggest drawback is the short, clipped finish.

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With a red and black fruit, herb and licorice nose was light in the palate. The wine did not taste fully ripe and the tannins were drying in the mouth.

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1998 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Fully developed, medium bodied, silky, elegant and fresh, the wine shows sweet, ripe cherries, tobacco and earthy notes on the nose and palate. The fruit is quite charming, and the wine shows a lot of character, but it could be a little weightier.

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1990 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Fully mature, medium bodied, fresh, with lean to the red fruit side of the style range, the nose is the best part of the wine, with its display of earth, cherries, tobacco, thyme, mint, herbs and spice. Elegant, but more concentrated than light, wiht a soft finish, there is no reason to wait for more development.

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1989 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Medium bodied, elegant, light in color and perhaps a bit light in fruit, still the wine delivers on the earthy, tobacco, floral, plum and cherry nose. On the palate, the wine is elegant and refined, with the patina of age in the texture, and in the finish. Popped and poured was the right way to go with this one.

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1986 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Clearly, it is the Cabernet Sauvignon from the gravels that made this wine possible. Medium bodied, not exactly strict, but it's not going to be called opulent either. Here, you find a straight ahead, classic character with tobacco, cedar, wet earth and red cherries. There is a firm character on the palate and in the finish that is also, refined, and genteel. Fully mature, this requires drinking over the next decade or so

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1985 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fully mature, the wine offers aromatic complexities, soft, silky textures and sweet, ripe, earthy, fresh cherries. This is not a wine however to hold for further aging, so if you have any of this charmer remaining, drink up sooner than later for maximum enjoyment.

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1983 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Medium bodied, the wine shows a soft, silky, polished character with the patina of a much older wine with secondary notes of wet earth, tobacco, leaf, stone, and dried red pit fruits. But the color, texture and nuances gave the appearance of seeming to be much older than its age. This is more than fully developed, so if you have a bottle, you should open it sooner than later.

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1982 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

The best bottle of this I've ever tasted, the ripe, almost, port like fruits, with its earth, tobacco and cherry accents, elegant, polished textured and long, sweet, fruit filled, silky finish hit all the right spots.

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The perfume expresses notes of earth, leather, spice, wood and mint. In the mouth, this medium bodied wine ends with a short finish filled with red and black fruit.

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1970 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Just a bit past its prime, still, there is plenty to like about this aging, graceful beauty. Medium bodied, refined, soft, silky, and with perfume that catches you with its tobacco, wet earth, spice, herbs, thyme and red berry profile. This is not a wine to hold for future development, but it's a nice treat, should you have a bottle in your cellar.

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1966 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Fully mature, the tobacco, cigar box and cedar notes really showed the ripe Cabernet fruits. Earthy, medium bodied, soft and silky, with a red berry core of spicy fruit, there is no reason to age this wine any longer.

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1964 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

Two bottles were opened from an identical, original wood case. The fills were quite good for a wine of this age. The end results were the same for both bottles. While I realize it is about the specific bottle, and not wine with older vintages, especially after 50 years of age, the results were troubling. The wines were the color of dark tea, with some red, brick accents. The nose showed little fruit and the palate was not much better, leaving you with a short, not exactly satisfying finish. Other bottles could be better. But I'd approach buying this with extreme caution as the hands of time have not been very graceful here.

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1959 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Surprisingly youthful, served double blind, I thought it was 20 years younger. With the silky patina that can only come from age, the wine continues offering earthy red berries, tobacco, herbs and a hint of citrus. What a nice, unexpected treat!

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1955 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

Just a stunning tasting experience in every sense of the word. The wine is loaded with an intoxicating perfume of tobacco, cigar box, ash, wet earth, peppery spice and fresh, red fruits. Still vibrant, sweet, pure and refined, this is just a stunner and a privilege to taste.

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1949 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 100

I'd be surprised if this was not my wine of the year. This was majestic and a tasting experience that is hard to believe. From an imperial, opened at the chateau, heartstopping, is the best word to describe it. Layer after layer of perfectly ripe, silky, textured, viscous, elegant cherries and plums topped with flowers, Cuban cigar wrappers, smoke, truffle and kirsch. The finish stuck with you for 60 seconds, or more. The memory lasts a lifetime. This was just a mind-boggling tasting experience.

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1929 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 75

Now, here is a wine I never thought I'd taste. Sadly, at least with this bottle, the cold hands of time has added its ugly mark. The nose was marred by VA that overpowered the light, floral, tobacco and cherry charms. Silky on the palate, the wine is medium bodied, showing a touch of red fruit, but more notes of Sherry and hints of Balsamic. I bet this was a beauty earlier in life. Still, tasting a wine from the great depression, when Babe Ruth hit 46 Home Runs, the DOW was at 381 and Prohibition was the law of the land, made it a very special treat.

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