2010 Figeac

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-EMILION
    • Variety
      Red Bordeaux Blend
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    SKU: 50071-2010-750-1A
    • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

      Tasted at the Chƒteau Figeac vertical at the property and then in Bordeaux a year later. The 2010 Figeac was a |problem child| in its youth, very variable and difficult to pin down, vexing on occasion. Now with a couple of years in bottle, it is really beginning to show what it can do and it far surpassed my expectations. Certainly, it is more withdrawn on the nose compared to the more generous 2009 Figeac. The aromatics are holding everything back. Then, with continued aeration it reveals a subtle marine influence'seaweed and sea spray scents, estuary mudflats. The palate is medium-bodied with moderate depth, but what really distinguishes this wine are the fineness of the tannin, the symmetry of the structure and freshness on the finish, facets hitherto kept secret. As such, it surpasses the 2009, the weightless but intense finish beckoning you to take another sip. The aromatics need to up their game and match what's evolving on the palate'if they do, this will be a very serious Figeac.
      Author: Neal Martin
    • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 98

      This is phenomenal on the nose with blackberries, fresh cep mushrooms, forest fruit, and earth. Turns to hazelnuts and dark berries. Subtle. Breathtaking. It's full-bodied on the palate, with superb tannins that last for minutes. The flavor is subtle yet incredible. Love the texture. It is the same wonderful quality level as 2009. This is so fabulous to taste now, but so much better in 2018.
      Author: James Suckling
    • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

      This is very tight, showing a prominent roasted apple wood and bittersweet cocoa frame more today, though the core of dense currant paste, blackberry pƒte de fruit and plum sauce waits in reserve. Gorgeous singed spice, anise and toasted fig bread notes flitter through the finish, though this needs some time in the cellar to resolve itself fully. A very distinctive, structured expression of St.-Emilion.
      Author: James Molesworth
    • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

      Very dark crimson. Medium concentration. High-toned minerality on the nose. Lots of appetising sap and savour. Loose and round and easy peasy. Attractive in that it's not overdone; possibly a chance missed in that it's just slightly slack. Or possibly it's Figeac..! Ah. That last phrase was written when I tasted this blind and it's true that this potentially great wine rarely shows well en primeur. Hence the hopeful double plus after the score. Though its gravel soils will not have done the wine any favours in this exceptionally dry vintage.
      Author: Jancis Robinson
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  • 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

    • 566 bottles owned
    • 34 collectors