Chateau Figeac St.-Emilion 1er Grand Cru B Classe 2018
The 2018 Chateau Figeac from Saint-Emilion's 1st Grand Cru B Classe is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. This vintage exhibits intense aromas of blackberry, cassis, and tobacco with hints of vanilla and oak. The palate is full and powerful with ripe tannins and a long, complex finish. An outstanding wine from a top-class producer.
With its rich swathe of Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has density and immense structure balanced by stunning black fruits that give impressive promise. This powerful wine is probably the greatest ever produced from this estate. Drink from 2027. Roger Voss
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) -
The 2018 Figeac is composed of 37% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc, with a 3.7 pH and 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple in color, it soars out of the glass with opening notes of freshly crushed red and black cherries, mulberries and ripe, juicy plums, followed by hints of violets, damp soil, cedar chest, crushed rocks and pencil shavings. The medium-bodied, elegantly styled palate features bags of freshness and exquisitely ripe, beautifully poised tannins to support the bright, energetic black and red fruit layers, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note. This is absolutely recognizable as being cut from the same cloth as old-school Figeac, but all the recent vineyard and winemaking improvements have unveiled the beautifully ripe, intense, nuanced potential here. Bravo to managing director/winemaker Frédéric Faye and his team! Although there is a lot to love about this wine right now, give it 5-6 years for the oak to fully integrate and the underlying perfume suggestions to emerge, then enjoy over the next 20-25 years or more. - Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown