2005 Figeac

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-EMILION
  • 90 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 17 JR
  • 95 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 50071-2005-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($140-$240) Good full medium ruby. The nose offers blackcurrant, licorice, graphite, violet, minerals and exotic spices. Broad, suave and fine-grained on the palate, with fleshy but sharply focused flavors of currant, minerals and tobacco. Finishes classically dry and very long. This is St. Emilion with Pauillac and Graves qualities-and a superb vintage for this chateau, whose wine is easy to underrate in the early going.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 95

    Interesting aromas of cedar, tobacco, dark fruits, cinnamon, and cigar box. Full and solid, with chewy tannins. A very direct, straight, and pure wine with lovely freshness. This is starting to close, give this some time.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Tasted at the Chateau Figeac vertical at the property. While I enjoy the 2005 Figeac, there is still a sense of a potential great Saint Emilion falling short of what it could have been. Now with ten years on the clock, the nose is cool and focused, very Pauillac-like in style, the Cabernet Sauvignon driving it along. With time it begins to open up and loosen its tie, revealing a pleasing licorice scent. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasurable, supple, fleshy entry. It seems to offer black rather than red fruit at the moment, the acidity well judged. So why the parsimonious score? Well, it doesn't build on this promise, as if it runs out of ideas two-thirds of the way through. It takes the easy option and declines to offer that tension and complexity on the finish that certainly the aromatics deserve. In fact, this might well be the only wine where I prefer the 2006 to the 2005. Tasted June 2015.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Sweet and light. (First bottle corked.) Very different from most. Dances ' lively. But there's a hint of gaminess. Then the tannins really make their presence felt. This one should be kept longer.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    This is plush and warm in feel, with lots of currant and fig preserve flavors rolling through, inlaid with tobacco, warm stone and bittersweet cocoa notes. Shows a hefty dose of roasted alder on the finish, but in general this has been absorbed, making this a step ahead in terms of evolution, but there's no rush, as a racy iron streak is just starting to show up. Drink now through 2035. 8,333 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Dark purple withplum and fig and toast. Very smooth, but lacking a certain depth.
    Author: Daniel F397
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Decanted for 1.5 hours. Probably needs a little bit more. It seemed a little bit harsh initially, but developed nicely. As it lacks acidity, probably aging will not ad much to it.
    Author: riffmaker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    good acidity, still very young
    Drink Dates: 2015
    Author: hipofant
  • Self | Rating: 93

    While always aromatically interesting, it takes a very warm vintage to make a compelling Figeac, and ?05 is just that. Extremely pleasant in its leafy, floral and almost Burgundian sense of earthiness on the nose, Figeac was actually quite tight on the palate, as the Cabernet seemed to clamp down a bit. In spite of its backwardness, there is a pure core of deep fruit waiting to emerge that may just need some bottle aging to emerge. This estate?s 2000 was a brilliant wine, so ?05 has its work cut out for it but may just have the stuffing to give it a challenge
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
Chateau Figeac lies in the north-west part of the Saint-Emilion appellation in an area referred to as "Graves de Saint-Emilion", a location shared with Chateau Cheval Blanc. This sub-division consists of 60 hectares of gravel, which devides it from the limestone slopes near the center of town and the sands along the plain. Unlike most other wines from St. Emilion, Chateau Figeac is not Merlot-based (a grape that thrives on limestone soils). Rather, its Medoc-style blend is dominated by Cabernet, a grape that prefers gravelly soil. The typical composition is 70% Cabernet (half Cabernet Franc, half Cabernet Sauvignon) and only 30% Merlot. This estate consists of 40 hectares producing approximately 10,000 cases. The property is owned by Thierry Manoncourt and family and is classified as a 1er Grand Cru Classe (B). La Grange Neuve de Figeac is the estate's second wine.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 899 bottles owned
  • 147 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 147 collectors)