2005 Figeac 750ml

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

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation 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

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Rating: 90
Author: Daniel F397
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/18/2008
Dark purple withplum and fig and toast. Very smooth, but lacking a certain depth.

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Rating: 90
Author: hipofant
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 11/07/2008
Drink Dates: 2015
good acidity, still very young

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Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

1598 bottles owned by 326 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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