Chateau Figeac 2016: A powerful and long Saint-Emilion with an explosive finish
Chateau Figeac is a B Classified First Growth produced in Saint-Emilion. The vines are on average 40 years old and planted on 40 hectares of gunzian gravel. Wine is aged in new oak barrels for 15-18 months. Chateau Figeac 2016 is a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc.
2016 was a very hot and extremely dry summer. The quality of Figeac's terroir protected the vines from any complications during the maturation process. The 40 mm of rain in September allowed the berries to reach their full potential. Harvest took place from September 23rd to October 20th.
Chateau Figeac 2016 has a deep black-cherry color with magenta reflections. The color is an indicator of the black fruit that are present in the nose. After aeration, one can discover blackberries and blueberries with notes of ginger, cedar and elegant floral aromas. The wine has a luxurious structure, with a fresh and creamy attack. The wine has rich, noble tannins and has flavors of graphite. The graphite is a quality of the terroir. Chateau Figeac 2016 is precise, balanced, fresh and gourmet. The finish is powerful, long and intense. A great Figeac.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Figeac is a blend of 36% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked from 23 September until 20 October at 49 hectoliters per hectare with 13.9% alcohol. The acidity is 3.67 pH, and it matured in 100% new oak (focused on five cooperages). This is a property that opened a new chapter in 2013, when Michel Rolland's services as a master blender have been called upon and engendered far greater harmony between the three grape varieties, now all singing from the same hymn sheet.áIt has a crisp blackberry nose, a little closed at first, opening nicely in the glass and offering raspberry coulis, pencil box and subtle mint aromasùclassic Figeac in many ways. The palate is extraordinarily well balanced with a fine lattice of tannin sculpted to perfection. There is a slight edginess to this Figeac that I adore, the Cabernets very expressive, more so than the 2015, with graphite infusing every pore of the black fruit. This Figeac has an outstanding structure and a saline finish that beckons you back for another sip. The 2015 Figeac was stunning and the 2016 no less. Tasted on four separate occasions, and in the end, only one (banded) score became inevitable.