1982 Figeac 1.5L

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion | Premier Grand Cru Classe B/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 95   WS 93   IWC 92(+?)   JR 17.5   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The fully mature 1982 offers a profoundly complex nose of cedar, smoky tobacco/cigar box, dried herbs, black currants, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine does not reveal the huge volume and roasted ripeness found in many of the top 1982s, but it does possess extraordinary complexity, finesse, and harmony. Medium-bodied, with gorgeously rich fruit, this delicate, subtle, ethereal effort is both well-defined and intense. It should continue to drink well for 7-10 years, possibly longer.

Drink Dates: 2000-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 129

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

A big and velvety red. Dark garnet color, with a black center and an amber edge. Cherry, dark chocolate and earth. Full-bodied and very velvety, with tobacco, chocolate and berry flavors. Good tannin structure.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.

Drink Dates: 1998+
Author: James Suckling


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($195-$255) Medium red with an amber edge. Highly nuanced nose combines red- and blackcurrant, mocha, dried herbs, olive, truffle and underbrush. Very dense and sweet, but with terrific penetration and verve thanks to firm, harmonious acidity. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins and superb length. This bottle came across as young and still evolving. Drink now through 2020. (The bottle in the group of '82s was considerably more herbal, with a strong tobacco leaf character, rating a score of 89.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

In magnum. Still deep crimson. Slightly burnt edge. More concentrated than the 1983 on the nose and maybe more complete. The finish was a bit metallic and it did not have the richness or generosity of some 1982s. Quite stern. Was this a good magnum? Thierry Manoncourt pointed out that in a Grand Jury Européenne blind tasting this wine was placed seventh overall and was rated too by an American jury.

Drink Dates: 2000-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Matt1969
Tasted On: 07/16/2011
Very smooth. Significant amounts of sediment.

Rating: 94
Author: Ricknat1
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/17/2010
Drink Dates: 2009+
Let breathe for 2 hours. Nose of cedar, smoke, leather, dried herbs, dark fruit and spice. In the mouth, it has extraordinary complexity, elegance and balance. Rich fruit and leather combined perfectly. We love this wine. show no sign of age

Rating: 92
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/13/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2009
When i first opened wine i thought it could be bad. Left in the glasses for an over one hour and it was very good. Drink all that you have - this wine is ready.

Rating: 92
Author: Walter Z
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/03/2010

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Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

11 bottles owned by 9 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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