2000 Figeac 750ml

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

JR 18.5+   WA 93   IWC 91   WS 89   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5+

Very rich and slightly hollow. Very lively. A 1964 in the making? More refreshing than the 2005. Very juicy, succulent and exciting. Long. Much racier than the 2005.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Figeac has become a more consistent wine over the last few years. A profound effort, the surprisingly full-bodied 2000 Figeac has an opaque purple color accompanied by a terrific bouquet of camphor, graphite, black currants, licorice, and smoked herbs. With well-balanced, powerful tannin, concentration, and pinpoint precision, finesse, and purity, this expressive as well as textured effort will drink well between 2004-2018. When Figeac hits on all cylinders, one can understand why some tasters believe it is as complex as Cheval Blanc. This is undeniably the estate's finest effort since 1996.

Drink Dates: 2004-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 146

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($85) Full ruby-red. Wild, expressive aromas of black raspberry, cedar, lead pencil, mocha, coffee and animal fur. Fat, silky and lush yet dry; a thick, round Figeac with impressive volume. Even the merlot in 2000 showed solid structure. Like the 2001, this shows an intriguing burnt note. Finishes with big but suave tannins and lingering notes of cherry, chocolate and black olive. The richest of these three vintages by a wide margin. (A second bottle of the 2000 showed more oak spice, less volume and a distinctly peppery aspect, however.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Interesting, decadent character. Some might call it old-fashioned. Intense aromas of dried herbs and chocolate. Cooked plum. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. Slightly herbal character. Not quite as good as from barrel.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: storms38
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 12/25/2011
Oh yeah, this stuff is excellent. Given to me from a friend, it showed excellent fruit and great creme de cassis intertwined with tannins that pop. Definitely has another 10-15 years in it. Finish is long and tasty. An engaging wine.

Rating: 93
Author: Ricknat1
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/10/2009
Drink Dates: 2009+
Rich, velvety and silky smooth. had the challenge of following an 82 Cos, but is a beautiful wine

Rating: 93
Author: MikeB
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2018

Rating: 92
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/03/2011
Drink Dates: 2015-2020
Great color and potentially an excellant 2000 Bordeaux but the wine needs time. Save waht you have for five years and then taste again!

Rating: 90
Author: Miguel L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/05/2009
Drink Dates: 2012-2028
Retail purchase about 1.5 years ago. Decanted 45 minutes. Dark blue, slightly watery rim. Pepper and mint, forest and earth. Young and taut. Brambly and austere. Less fruit, more concentration. Quite distinct in the line-up of other Cabernet-based wines (granted this is 35% Cab Sauv, 35% Cab Franc 30% Merlot). The over-riding pepper nose and taste is a surprise. Very long, lingers and the pepper dissipates. Second day is a little mellower, but still concentrated. I prefer the magnificent 2001 to this bottle at this point. Let's see again in a few years.

Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews
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3675 bottles owned by 655 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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