1999 Figeac 750ml

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

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Mid-crimson. Quite sharply defined, almost aggressive nose. Then lovely ripe fruit spread all over the palate, without being tricksified. Just solid grapes (versus cellar technique). Amazing length.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

Medium-deep red-ruby. Cabernet-dominated aromas of cedar, tobacco, tar and game. Then soft, plump and plummy in the middle, with a note of tobacco. My enthusiasm was somewhat muted by a dry edge to the tannins that was not apparent last year. In '99, noted Aramon, Figeac used new oak cuves to vinify 50% of the crop, including all of the best merlot (this portion of the harvest also went through its malolactic fermentation in these wood vats). This treatment, says Aramon, may have given this portion of the wine a tarry aspect.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 06/02/2011
1999 Chateau Figeac This opaque bordeaux is above expectation, the fruit is almost new-world like. It drinks great  from a vintage that is not the greatest among right-bank vintages,full of graphite and ripe berry fruit that is in balance with the acidity and tannin that dissolves instantly on the palate, slightly earthy with green pepper notes, currants and blackberry, mild oak and spice, good for the next 10-12 years...Awesome!!

Average rating: 88, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

237 bottles owned by 76 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.

Chateau Figeac, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Figeac Primus Interpares?

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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