Figeac is a very ancient estate dating from the Gallo-Roman period. Its origins go back to at least the 2nd century AD, at which time it belonged to the Figeac us family, who gave their name to the "villa" located on this site. Chateau Figeac has been in the family of the present owners since 1892. Thierry Manoncourt, later assisted by his wife, Marie-France, took great pains to renovate the vineyards in order to bring Figeac up to the level of the very greatest Bordeaux. Today, his daughter Laure and his son-in-law Count Eric d'Aramon have joined them in managing the estate, and perpetuating the family tradition. Figeac is located in the "Graves de Saint-Emilion". It has an unusual topography and an outstanding terroir consisting of three gravelly outcrops. This explains why Figeac is the right bank wine with the highest proportion of Cabernet grapes. It is a great but atypical wine, often called "the most Médoc of Saint Emilion wines".
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property and two or three times over the subsequent 12 months. The 2009 Figeac has shown very variably in the past, although my last encounter in 2013 was very positive. How about now? The 2009 seems to have closed down a little since I last tasted it: gravelly and smoky, what you might describe as austere for the vintage. Stylistically it is actually similar to the 2008 Figeac with an appealing savory entry, grainy tannin, a pinch of black pepper and a slightly clipped, but focused finish. This is one of the few Right Bank wines whereby the terroir is more expressive than the growing season, so it will appeal to those that appreciate the style of Figeac, though not necessarily to those that prefer the voluptuousness of the 2009s. Additionally, comparing it directly to the 2010, I suspect that it might not have quite as much longevity as the succeeding vintage. That said, this is still a knockout Saint Emilion that is going to bestow a lot of drinking pleasure over the years. Tasted July 2016.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot|
|Revue du Vin de France||19,5|
|Classification||1er grand cru classe B|
- R. Gabriel : 19
- J. Robinson : 18
- Vineyard : Libournais
- Wine Spectator : 96
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot