40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot. The early-drinking second wine of Ch Figeac, successor to La Grange Neuve de Figeac - not made of leftovers, I was assured. Quite deep crimson with admirable energy. Fresh, round and lively with notable acidity and smooth tannins.
2012 is the first vintage of Chateau Figeac's second wine, Petit Figeac. This new label replaces Grangeneuve de Figeac that was produced in most vintages between 1945 and 2011.
Deep ruby in colour, this offers earthy, cool blackcurrant fruit with a light smokiness in the background on the nose. The palate is chalky and dense, with polished and refined tannins revealing plums, cherries and blackcurrant. This is all about balance, with perfectly proportioned tannins, fruits and acids driving the palate through to a long finish. The spices here are subtle and supporting, with just a touch of smokiness. The hints of dried herbs complement the finish here, adding another layer of complexity. The tannins are soft and supple through to the finish, meaning that this wine is already approachable, though there is no rush to drink it.