2018 Château Figeac Premier Grand Cru Classé
In Saint-Emilion, heavy rains and storms continued until the beginning of summer, necessitating even greater vigilance in the vines. In April, higher than normal seasonal temperatures stimulated vine vegetation growth. The early, fast flowering started on May 25. It was already expected that the harvest dates would be about ten days earlier than normal. From May to mid-July there were a number of evening thunderstorms in the area that brought hail. Figeac escaped damage every time. The best weather started in mid-July until the end of the harvest.
With cloudless skies, warm temperatures and the dry atmosphere, the grapes completed their growth cycle and began their ripening process. Aided by these very favorable weather conditions, the Veraison took place in early August, once again demonstrating the precociousness of the vintage. Summer dried the earth, cleansed the vines and filled the grapes with sugar. The kernels already had a beautiful dark brown color at the end of August, which promised very fine tannins. This phenomenon is rarely observed by wine growers. Thanks to constant vigilance in the vineyard and the beautiful summer weather, the vines remained in perfect health. As the grapes showed balance and harmony, the ripeness of the crop reached an optimal level.
The Figeac 2018 is composed of 37% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc, harvested from September 17 to October 12 with 14% alcohol. The wine is deep purple-black in color. The wine gives aromas of black and red cherries, cassis, warm plums and wild blueberries. A little later you get hints of violets, star anise, forest floor with hints of tea and chocolate. The wine is full and packed with energy, black and blue fruit. It has a refined and long-lasting aftertaste.
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Château Figeac is a renowned winery located in the Saint-Émilion appellation on the right bank of the Bordeaux wine region in France.
History of Château Figeac
Château Figeac has a long and rich history, dating back to the 2nd century, when it was originally a Roman villa. The estate has undergone several transformations over the centuries. In the 19th century, the estate came into the possession of the Manoncourt family, who played an important role in shaping its modern identity.
Vineyards and terroir of Château Figeac
The vineyards of Château Figeac cover approximately 40 hectares (approximately 99 acres) and are planted with mainly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. The estate is known for its unique terroir, characterized by a combination of gravel, limestone and clay soils. This terroir contributes to the distinctive qualities of the wines produced.
Wine production of Château Figeac
Château Figeac is known for its traditional winemaking practices, which include hand-harvesting the grapes and using a combination of stainless steel and wooden fermentation vats. The estate produces a Grand Vin, the flagship wine, as well as a second wine called "Petit Figeac". The Grand Vin is the flagship wine and is typically a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The exact blend may vary depending on the vintage. Petit Figeac is the second wine from Château Figeac, often made from younger vines or grapes that do not meet the criteria for Grand Vin. It provides a more accessible and approachable option at a younger age. Château Figeac has the status of Premier Grand Cru Classé (Class B) in the classification of Saint-Émilion wines. This classification recognizes the estate's consistent production of high quality wines. Château Figeac wines are highly regarded for their elegance, complexity and ability to age gracefully. They are often praised by wine critics and enthusiasts.
|Type of Wine
|Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard