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Figeac 1982

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux1982FigeacBT144,200.001294 RP16466.6666666666794.0094.00Figeac0.75
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Tasting Notes

This is actually a younger, more concentrated wine than the 1990. A dense plum/garnet color with a slight lightening at the edge is followed by a sensational Figeac nose of mint, fruitcake, Asian spices, gobs of sweet black and red fruits, and a smoky component in the background. Medium to full-bodied with lovely freshness, this 1982 appears to be fully mature, but it tasted the same a decade ago, and it should hold at this level for another 10-20 years.

94
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009
92
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Along with the 1990, the 1982 is one of my favourite Figeacs of the last three decades. The fully mature 1982 offers a profoundly complex nose of cedar, smoky tobacco/cigar box, dried herbs, black currants, licorice and spice. In the mouth, the wine does not reveal the huge volume and roasted ripeness found in many of the top 1982s, but it does possess extraordinary complexity, finesse and harmony. Medium-bodied, with gorgeously rich fruit, this delicate, subtle, ethereal effort is both well-defined and intense. It should continue to drink well for 7-10 years, possible longer.

95
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000
93
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

The 1982 Figeac is a wine that I have tasted over a dozen times, a mercurial Saint-Émilion can surprise and disappoint at a whim. Certainly here, compared to the 1966 and 1975, I am a bit underwhelmed. The bouquet is jarringly herbaceous unlike many of its Right Bank peers. The palate is dry and structured, perhaps more like a 1983 than a 1982. There are fleeting glimpses of a great wine, the balance and the length both impressive however, I wager that the Cabernet never quite reached full ripeness thus rendering the finish rather peppery and raw, which is so uncommon in the 1982 vintage. Tasted at Christies' Figeac dinner with Marie-France Manoncourt. 2018 - 2025

89
Neal Martin, Vinous Table (vinous.com), July 2018

Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. The 1982 Figeac appears to have dipped in form over the last few years and certainly here, compared directly against the 1989 and 1990, it does not quite offer the same fruit intensity or joie-de-vivre. It feels more diffuse on the nose, perhaps more herbaceous, a facet that I cannot remember on older bottles of 1982 that I tasted. The palate is medium-bodied, atypically austere for a 1982, but with impressive length. It is like a Saint Emilion that has forgotten how to have fun in some ways. It is better than the bottle encountered in 2013, yet given the choice, I would pick the 1990 over the 1982. Drink: 2015 - 2025

90
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (226), August 2016
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