Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property and two or three times over the subsequent 12 months. The 2009 Figeac has shown very variably in the past, although my last encounter in 2013 was very positive. How about now? The 2009 seems to have closed down a little since I last tasted it: gravelly and smoky, what you might describe as austere for the vintage. Stylistically it is actually similar to the 2008 Figeac with an appealing savory entry, grainy tannin, a pinch of black pepper and a slightly clipped, but focused finish. This is one of the few Right Bank wines whereby the terroir is more expressive than the growing season, so it will appeal to those that appreciate the style of Figeac, though not necessarily to those that prefer the voluptuousness of the 2009s. Additionally, comparing it directly to the 2010, I suspect that it might not have quite as much longevity as the succeeding vintage. That said, this is still a knockout Saint Emilion that is going to bestow a lot of drinking pleasure over the years. Drink: 2018 - 2035
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (226), August 2016|
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. This is probably one of those most controversial scores. After a topsy-turvy showing in barrel followed by an enervated display just after bottling, under single blind conditions this bottle verifies one of my showings in barrel. There is some lovely Cabernet Franc on the nose here: bay leaf and hints of burnt toast infusing the ripe black fruits. This has real character and charm. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins. This is nicely balanced: fresh and very composed on the finish with savoury hints beginning to emerge. Classy. Could this be a wine that you have to treat on a bottle-by-bottle basis? Tasted January 2013.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, July 2013|
The aromas in this are amazing, with blueberries, blackberries and fresh mushrooms. Black olives. So aromatic. Full-bodied, with super velvety tannins and lovely depth of ripe fruit. Balanced. Wild flavors on the finish of, meat, berries and forest fruits. Hints of decadence. 33% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. Best Figeac ever. Try after 2020.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012|
Really fabulous on the nose, with sweet milk chocolate, flowers, currant and plum. Full-bodied, with incredible length. The tannins are so silky, but they are warm and cuddly. You just want to hug it. Powerful but so attractive.The blend is one third each of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Score: 97/100||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Paler than most. Luscious, opulent nose - very come-hither. Cool and fresh. Complete. Still a bit simple but there are no excesses here. Just slightly timid on the palate. Real juice though - not exaggerated. Sweet and juicy and friendly even if not the most dramatic. Dry end. Will get there. As discreet and distinctive as usual. Date tasted 30th March 2010. Drink 2017-2032.
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
One of the great names of Saint Emilion whose wines exude class and sophistication rather than raw power. Notoriously difficult to judge when tasting en primeur because of the unusually high Cabernet Sauvignon component. The blend is around 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc - a rare example of a fairly even blend of all three classic Bordeaux grape varieties. This wine sometimes shows a slightly green character when tasted alongside some of the more "blockbuster" style of some of the neighbours but it invariably matures into classic Saint Emilion. The 2009 is particularly ripe for Figeac with a sweet ripe core of fruit yet balanced and Medoc-like in style with cedary notes. Very classy, with weight and depth - should develop into something very good. We can't remember tasting a better Figeac en primeur.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, November 2009|
Distinctive, with atypical (for St.-Emilion) force and drive to the black currant, roasted cedar and maduro tobacco flavors, which are supported by a dense, loam-tinged structure. Terrific roasted espresso, ganache and fig paste notes wait in reserve. Very muscular, but with the cut for balance. Best from 2017 through 2035.-J.M.
|Score: 96||James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), Wine Spectator Insider (Vol 8, 3), January 2012|
There is an attractive racy freshness on the nose with a mix of bright red fruits. Bramble and black cherry take over at the start of the palate the mix of flavours giving real complexity. Towards the back the ripeness of the fruit and the rounded tannins give it a fleshy richness. Drink 2020-2050.
|Score: 91/95||Derek Smedley MW, April 1991|
The high percentage of Cabernet is the key to the success of Figeac in 2009. Unlike some badly over-blown wines in St Emilion, this is poised and beautifully balanced, with the perfume of the Cabernet Franc complementing the structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the plush fruit of the Merlot. The wine has a delightful rigour about it. One to cellar for 15+ years.
|Score: 97||Tim Atkin MW, April 2010|
Figeac to a T %u2013 long, fresh and distinctly Médocain in style. Fragrant, cassis-dark fruit aroma and flavour. Pure and exact, no false notes. Drink 2018-2040.
|Score: 18.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010|