Chateau Figeac 2015
97-99 Pts WA, 97-98 Pts JS
6×75 – £550 EP
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2015 En Primeur Expected Spring 2018
The long awaited and quite stunning Figeac has released this morning for £1,100 per case of 12. In 2015 it is one of the wines of the vintage, it has been scored 97-98 from James Suckling, who proclaims ‘This is the most structured Figeac in modern times. I tasted wines from this estate from the 1920s and 1910s but this is something.’ Neal Martin has awarded it 97-99, he says it is ‘boasting a level of precision up there with the very best in the Right Bank. This is the highest ever score from the Wine Advcoate and marks a new chapter in their relationship with Figeac. Robert Parker was renowned for not scoring Figeac as high as its other leading neighbours, as a result of a capsicum greeness he found in the wine in most vintages. However, Martin says ‘this is tip-top classic Figeac without any of the greenness that occasionally affected older vintages, now boasting a level of precision up there with the very best in the Right Bank.’ He thereon guilds the lilly, ‘It was difficult to find fault with this quite astonishing Saint Emilion and who knows what could transpire once it is in bottle.’ Is he suggesting this could be a potential 100 pointer?
Today’s price marks an 83% increase on the 2014 release price, yet a 29% discount to the 2010 and a 24% discount to the 2009, this 2015 is set to supplant and surpass. As such today’s release price will be met with fervent demand and we can expect secondary market trading for Figeac 2015 at higher prices over the coming 20 months.
In 2015 Figeac is a blend of 29% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 43% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the finest ever from this Estate, which is the largest in St.Emilion, with 40 hectares. Figeac is currently a premier Grand Cru Classe B. It originates from an ancient Estate which heralds from the 2nd century, at which time a Gallo-Roman villa was built on the site: this was named Figeacus. The Romans were well known for selecting the most promising terroir to use for their sacred vines and this is true with Figeac. The soil is bountiful in gravel, which explains it higher propensity to grow brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Neal Martin, 97-99 Points
The 2015 Figeac is a blend of 29% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 43% Cabernet Sauvignon that was picked from 21 September with the Merlot until 15 October with the Cabernet Sauvignon at 41 hectoliters per hectare. The Cabernet comes through strongly on the nose – classic Figeac in many ways – black fruit, a touch of cassis, pencil and a touch of rose petal. The palate is drop-dead gorgeous, its foundation a lattice of filigree tannin and perfectly judged acidity. It is very fresh from its vivacious start to its pencil-lead finish imbued with effortless grace. It is almost comical that naysayers decried that Michel Rolland would turn Figeac into some kind of fruit bomb. Head winemaker Frédéric Faye has overseen a tip-top classic Figeac without any of the greenness that occasionally affected older vintages, now boasting a level of precision up there with the very best in the Right Bank. It was difficult to find fault with this quite astonishing Saint Emilion and who knows what could transpire once it is in bottle.
James Suckling, 97-98 Points
This is the most structured Figeac in modern times. I tasted wines from this estate from the 1920s and 1910s but this is something. Full and powerful. Pure and focused. Extracted cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc.
Antonio Galloni, 93-96 Points
The 2015 Figeac is superb. A blast of tannin hits the palate first followed by waves of inky purplish fruit, exotic spices, new leather, lavender and mint. Beams of pulsating acidity and structure give the 2015 much of its super-distinctive personality. The 2015 is powerful and built to age, that much is clear. In 2015, Figeac brings together the generosity of the year with the classic sense of structure that is so unique to Figeac, with a touch greater polish that Michel Rolland has brought since he arrived. The 2015 is compelling. It’s as simple as that.
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