Chateau Figeac is a must own wine in 2016, in fact, it will be among the most sought after Bordeaux wines of the last decade. The reason is that it has been awarded 98-100 points from Neal Martin, its highest ever score and is without question one of the wines of the vintage. Figeac 2016 is massively oversubscribed and will sell out very quickly, however, we will make any extra allocations available to Figeac lovers. Knowing they have a special wine, Figeac have been vociferous with their pricing, releasing at £1,860 per case of 12 or £930 per case of six. This translates to a 47% euro increase and a 67% sterling increase. However, don’t let this sharp rise in price deter you, its release is just slightly higher than the 2010, 2009 and 2005 which score only 95, 94 and 90 points respectively. Furthermore, this also betters the superb 2015, which has already appreciated over 50% since release and trades at £1,680. As such, if it receives 98 points in bottle it will still offer collector’s very good incentive to buy on release at this price, if it receives 100 points the price will soar. Either way, this is a future legend and a must buy in the campaign.
Figeac is a wine to start stocking up on now for several reasons. Firstly, the changing of the guard from Robert Parker to Neal Martin in Bordeaux has put Figeac on a compelling upward trajectory. Figeac has always had a strong following amongst global collectors, with its incredible complexity and nuance deriving from the special blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Cabernet Franc (35%) and Merlot (30%).
However, Robert Parker notoriously under-marked Figeac, rarely awarding it above 90 points, while it was afforded strong accolades by other leading critics. Rumours abounded that he had fallen out with the Director Eric d’Aramon. This culminated in him not reporting on a vintage of Figeac since 2008. In 2013, Figeac missed out on being reclassified along with Pavie and Angelus to St.Emilion Grand Cru Classe A. Figeac has always been one of the finest St.Emilion wines and the owners are now intent on it achieving Grand Cru Classe A status. They took measures to achieve this by installing Frederic Faye as the Managing Director, who brought in Michel Rolland as a consultant. Enter a new great era.
Chateau Figeac is also one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux, dating back to the 2nd Century under the Gallo-Roman Empire when a man named Figeacus built his villa on the site. It is unknown whether he planted a vineyard, but given that Figeacus was Roman and that the ruins of an ancient water supply system still remain visible point to the fact that the great terroir of Figeac was recognised nearly two thousand years ago. It is therefore one of the principle great St.Emilion Estates and feels that it should have been promoted along with Pavie and Angelus. It is once again competing with them in terms of critic scores and while the average case price has increased, it looks like this is the beginning of a trend which should be taken advantage by drinkers and investors alike. We have been strongly advising clients to buy Figeac in the last couple of years. It is time to stock up on this truly great Chateau.
Chateau Figeac 2016, 12×75 – £1,860 EP or 6×75 – £930 EP
98-100 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
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. It has a crisp blackberry nose, a little closed at first, opening nicely in the glass and offering raspberry coulis, pencil box and subtle mint aromas—classic 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.
96-97 Points, James Suckling
Splendid texture and finesse to this young Figeac with a pure silk texture. Full-bodied and ultra-fine. Lovely combination of fruit and freshness. The polish is gorgeous to this. Precision redefined. Pretty follow-up to the 2015.
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