Château Figeac, St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé Price £ 525 IBFigeac brings a little cheer to the en primeur Market after a rather drab set of releases. The high point was the wonderful Chateau Figeac releasing @ £525 was a fabulous surprise after its neighbour Cheval Blanc released at a price above that of Lafite!!! As Figeac shares the same gravel terroir and the same Parker points as Cheval Blanc, this seems a much better buy at less than one sixth of the price!
Figeac has always wished to match its neighbour’s Premier Cru Classé (A) status, but was again overlooked in this year’s classification. Instead for most of the last 3-4 decades the estate has famously ploughed its own stylistic furrow and eschewed Robert Parker’s ratings. Its unusual Gravel terroir is well suited to ripening Cabernet Sauvignon making this one of the most elegant but structured St Emilions – alas a style Parker has not favoured.
In 2012, in a dramatic about-turn, the estate engaged Michel Rolland, the “high priest of Merlot”, to consult on its blend. The resulting wine is smoother and richer and has won the approval of American Critics. While it is a shame to see this bastion of individualism crumble, but the wine has been very well received and it would be reasonable to expect it to go on to achieve the success its owners crave. One thing is for sure we are unlikely to see prices as cheap as this from Figeac in the future – making now an excellent time to buy.
Château Figeac, St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé £ 525 IB
The dark ruby/garnet/plum-coloured 2012 Figeac is somewhat angular… but it possesses an attractive, cedary, underbrush, Christmas fruitcake, black cherry and black currant-scented nose. Elegant and medium-weight with good purity as well as a slightly narrow finish, it is a very good to excellent Figeac that should drink well for 12-15 years. Robert Parker Junior
Price is per case of 12 bottles in bond, offered subject to availability.
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