One of the great names and terroirs of Saint Emilion whose wines exude class and sophistication rather than raw power. There has been some serious improvements here recently under winemaker Frédéric Faye. Michel Rolland has been brought in to consult - but not to change the unique Figeac style. Modern techniques such as vibrating sorting tables, de-stemming and an optical laser sorting line are being used, as well as 100% new oak barrels from 7 different coopers. As a consequence, the wines produced now seem a little riper and more polished than before but are still fine, pure and classic. Unusually for the right bank there is only 30% Merlot in the vineyard with 35% Cabernet Franc and - rare on the right bank - 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. Valmy Nicolas from La Conseillante has been brought in to sort out the commercial side. A sizeable part of production is relegated to the second label - Petit Figeac. 100,000 bottles of the 2016 Figeac will be made, with 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 26% Cabernet Franc. Deep colour with a brooding, spicy nose of blueberry, blackcurrant and wood smoke. The palate shows succulent black fruit on entry, with ripe, fine-grained tannins building a precise, focused structure as notes of graphite, cocoa, and vanilla build the complexity. Their is seemless balance to this intense, yet ethereal offering from Figeac that explodes on the finish with juicy blackcurrants and smoky oak. The finish is minutes long, and hints at another great Figeac - a Chateau that has been on a real role of quality in the last few years.
|Score: 18.5||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
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. Drink 2026 - 2060.
|Score: 98/100||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
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.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Figeac has been super-impressive on both occasions I have tasted it so far. A big wine, the 2016 exudes depth and power. Even so, the forbidding tannins are almost shockingly buried by the sheer intensity and purity of the fruit. Graphite, savory herbs, smoke, menthol, licorice and smoke are some of the many accents that infuse the huge finish. As good as the 2016 is today, it is clearly for readers who can afford to be patient, as it will likely be many years before the wine is ready to drink. Technical Director Frédéric Faye, consulting winemaker Michel Rolland and the team have done a superb job with the 2016.
|Score: 94/97+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
The nose is sweet and rich the fruit on the palate concentrated with depth of flavour. Black fruits tend to dominate the mid palate supple and fleshy the tannins are fine and discreet but there is underlying freshness excellent balance and length of fruit. 2025-41
|Score: 95/98||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon is much lower than it was in 2015 (43% then), but is still among the highest in St Emilion. It’s a superb and beautifully judged Figeac from the new team, confirming its move back towards the appellation’s top tier. Grassy, elegant and textured, with effortless concentration. 2024-36
|Score: 96||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
Lively and very Figeac. Just as it should be. Zesty and confident and of the place. Rich palate entry and then lovely freshness. Firm and glorious. Like an arrow. Very pure. Frédéric Faye and the Manoncourt family should be very proud. Classic. Racy and juicy and beautifully balanced. Long. 14%
|Score: 19||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
2016 keeps Figeac on the trajectory set out in recent vintages, and is proof once again that power does not have to mean sacrificing precision and juiciness if it is done right. This is a great wine, with purity and focus from the balanced black fruit delivery. You don't feel anything drop through the palate - each element is held in suspension and it finishes strong with a mouthwatering flourish. 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc aged in 100% new oak. 3.67pH.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 98||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|