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The 2008 Figeac was the first vintage with winemaker Frédéric Faye at the helm following the passing of Thierry Manoncourt. It is a tripartite blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc cropped at 29hl/ha, matured in 100% new oak for 20 months. As I have remarked with respect to previous encounters, there is something almost Burgundy-like on the nose, thanks to the purity of fruit. With aeration it develops more Bordeaux traits such as mint and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin cut through by a fine line of acidity. This feels harmonious in the mouth although it does not possess the precision of current vintages. It remains rather masculine on the finish, completing an enjoyable Figeac that serves as a fine wine in itself, but can also be seen as a forerunner for the excellent 2009 and 2010 vintages. 2018 - 2033
Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. The 2008 Figeac has an almost Burgundy-like bouquet that is nicely defined: smudged strawberry, touches of blood orange and even quince coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip. It is perhaps lacking a little substance and feels a little masculine and austere, though that is keeping with the vintage. Foursquare and conservative, this is what you might call an unapologetically "classic" Figeac that should be drunk over the next fifteen years. Drink: 2015 - 2028
This has quite an elegant nose, quite minerally, pert black fruits, griottes, boysenberry. Less masculine than usual. The palate is well structured with robust tannins, fresh and lively with blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry with a touch of cedar towards the finish. Grippy, good depth and length. As usual, more austere than other Saint Emilions because of the Cabernet, but great length. A wine with stature. Tasted April 2009
Blueish purple. Vivid colour. Spicy, rather overripe notes. Sweet start and then a bit of green. Not really very comfortable. Awkward and rhubarby on the finish. A rather forced lightweight? Very embryonic indeed at this stage - but then Figeac may keep on surprising us over the long term?