Chateau Figeac 1995

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Chateau Figeac

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Chateau Figeac 1995

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"Just a fantastic bottle of really classic, traditionally styled right bank Bordeaux. Very fragrant, layered and complex with cigar smoke, green herbal notes, dark chocolate and a core of fresh red and dark fruited flavours all coming together seamlessly. It's still quite youthful but surprisingly accessible, not showing the firm tannic spine I'd expect from a '95 and having a very elegant, polished palate presence with some fine grained tannins noticeable on the back end. 95 points"

Chateau Figeac is not an old Bordeaux wine property. Figeac is an ancient Bordeaux wine property! In fact, it can be dated as far back as the second century during the ancient Gallo-Roman period. At that time, the owner of the property, Figeacus gave his name to the villa he built on the same location. Even the ancient Romans knew Figeac had great terroir. Figeac is one of the few St. Emilion wine vineyards that has remained continually occupied for the past two thousand years. If you’re visiting Chateau Figeac, you can easily see a water supply system that dates back to the days of the ancient Romans. There are also remains of building foundations, ruins from the Middle Ages and even defensive walls along with the remnants of the original Renaissance chateau at Figeac. The Renaissance styling’s are easily noted in the famous door and the tower.

Skipping ahead a millennium or two, by the late 18th century, Chateau Figeac had already been owned by the same family for almost five centuries! The St. Emilion vineyards of Figeac had grown to a massive 200 hectares. By that time, Figeac was one of the largest Bordeaux vineyards in the appellation. That is not the case today. Over the years, numerous owners have bought and sold different parcels and plots. This is the explanation as to why so many different chateaux have Figeac in their name. The vineyards of Figeac were not only sold to create other St. Emilion estates, portions of the land were also purchased by neighboring Pomerol produces like Chateau La Conseillante. One of the largest sections were sold to the Ducasse family who used the land for Chateau Cheval Blanc.

By the time Figeac was purchased by the Chevremont family, the precursors to the Manoncourt family in 1892, the 200 hectare vineyards were now only 37 hectares of vines. Thierry Manoncourt managed the property since 1946. Born in Paris, Manoncourt was one of the founders of the Bordeaux Grand Crus Union. He was president of the Jurade of St. Emilion from 1964 to 1987. Thierry Manoncourt passed away Friday, August 27 at his beloved Chateau Figeac, located in St. Emilion Bordeaux. One of the last of the old guard, he was only a few days shy of his 93rd birthday. Chateau Figeac is currently managed by his daughter Laure along with her husband Eric d’Aramont. Funeral services were held in St. Emilion. Many people who have been able to taste the older vintages of Chateau Figeac made when Manoncourt was in charge of the estate feel that those wines were probably the finest wines to have ever been produced at Chateau Figeac.

Chateau Figeac is a traditional style of Bordeaux wine. Between medium to full bodied, with an edge on aromatics over mouth feel. Chateau Figeac can be enjoyed at a reasonably young age. Older vintages, especially from 1964 and older can age for decades. The wine of Chateau Figeac has gone through a period of making wine not up to the quality of its terror over the past several decades. It can be argued that Figeac was not up to par since the great 1964. Following the reclassification of St. Emilion in 2013, when Figeac lobbied, but did not come close to receiving its much, sought after promotion to Grand Cru Classe A status, Figeac made steps to improve their wines, image and position on the marketplace. The first step in the right direction was the hiring of the wine consultant, Michel Rolland. This move sparked controversy, as the wine has a very traditional fan base. Having tasted the 2012, where Michel Rolland assisted in the blending, the wine is better. It is especially noticeable in the mid palate, density and texture. The next decision was to retire the previous director, who managed Chateau Figeac for 25 years, Eric d’Aramon. d’Aramon was replaced by Frederic Faye

Chateau Figeac has a unique vineyard cepage with its plantings of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. The average vine density in the vineyards of Chateau Figeac are 6,000 vines per hectare. They have old vines. On average, they are 45 years of age.

The vineyards of Chateau Figeac are planted to different proportions than not only all the other growers in St. Emilion, but in all of Bordeaux as well. In part, this has a lot to do with the unique fine, gravel based soils. This terroir is uncommon in the Right Bank with its gravel, clay and sand makeup. Along with Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Figeac is one of the few great terroirs of St. Emilion not situated on the limestone based soils of the cotes.

Producent Chateau Figeac
Jaar 1995
Appellation St Emilion
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering Nee