Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Château Figeac, SAINT-ÉMILION 1er Grand Cru Classé
$386.40 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.
One of the great names and terroirs of Saint Emilion whose wines exude class and sophistication rather than raw power.
The 2021 Figeac was picked from September 21 until October 19 and matured, as usual, in 100% new oak. It has a very pure, elegant bouquet, the Cabernet Sauvignon imparting subtle pencil lead notes, blackberry and briar, almost understated at first but gaining vigour with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity and just the right amount of sapidity. There is unerring symmetry about this Figeac, which is extremely focused yet unconcerned about showing off. There is lovely piquancy on the finish. Unequivocally one the finest Right Bank wines in 2021. Frédéric Faye continues to guide Figeac to the pinnacle of the appellation. 95-97 Neal Martin.
One of the highlights of the vintage on the Right Bank, the 2021 Figeac is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc and 29% Merlot, and the fruit of a harvest that lasted a full month, with each parcel picked at optimal maturity. Offering up aromas of blackberries, cassis, rose petals, violets, cigar wrapper and sweet soil tones, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless, its velvety attack segueing into a deep, layered core of beautifully vibrant fruit, concluding with a long, saline finish. The first vintage vinified in Figeac's new winery, it's a resounding success for administrator Frédéric Faye and his team. 94-97 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.
Lovely aromatics right off the bat, good spice, white peppers, touches of savoury cassis. This 71% mix of the two Cabernets is the highest ever at Figeac, and you feel it in this savoury, rosebud, leafy character to the palate, brilliantly handled and one of the wines of the vintage. This delivers careful balance, sculpted fruits, with a juicy finish. Tasted twice, excellent quality. 97 Jane Anson.
A red with lots of dark-fruit, graphite and tar aromas and flavours. It’s medium-bodied and very integrated with firm, polished tannins and a long finish. Racy and compact. Silky texture. 94-95 James Suckling