An ancient estate that used to be as large as 200 hectare but was slowly sold off. Parts of the old Figeac estate are now in the hands of Cheval Blanc, La Conseillante and other famous names. A higher blend of the Cabernets in the vineyard makes this wine more akin to Pessac or Margaux in outlook. The vineyards are divided into 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. Elegant, lean, structure and mineral. There is a density of fruit and power but all wrapped up and bound tight. Figeac is a wine that requires aging.
A ripe and inviting nose. Cherry ripe, dark chocolate, slate/stones, charry oak, roses and a creamy/buttery hint. Figeac shows a vibrant, fine and silky palate with tart red fruits, firm structure and a purple berry/lavender note. Very classy wine here and proving once again that Cabernet was King in 2010.
Saint-Emilion – With approximately 5400 hectare planted it is a vast appellation with a few distinct personalities. Like the famous neighbour Pomerol the wines are Merlot dominant and offer the silk, perfume and charm that Merlot can give. The best of the wines will live as long as, if not longer than most Left Bank wines and often cost two or three times more.
Merlot – It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
2010 – Largely over looked after the amazing 2009s. Is this better than 2000, 2005, 2009? Is it more like the famous vintages to follow up the greats such as 1996 and 2001? All I know is that after tasting the first shipment of 2010s my customers requested a second tasting and fast. See Decanters notes of the vintage here.