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    118
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Catalan Style 
Grilled Lamb with Cucumber Salad

The Story

With its pedigree style, CHATEAU-FIGEAC epitomises the elegance of the great wines of Bordeaux.

The wine’s individual character is drawn from an outstanding, complex terroir, characterised by three Gunzian gravel outcrops. Made from a grape composition of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot, its Cabernet majority is one of its features.Its unique style gradually shows through and develops over time. 

Some vintages, such as the 2001 can be enjoyed in the first years; however, CHATEAU-FIGEAC is recognized for its ability to age for many years. Numerous legendary vintages, such as 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, 2005, 2009 and 2010 testify to this. This great wine displays a distinctive rich nose that has wonderful aromatic complexity.

On the palate, the Cabernet Sauvignon reveals lovely floral aromas in the first year then, as the wine ages, great structure on the palate. The Cabernet Franc brings lots of freshness in the tannins, and the Merlot contributes roundness and flesh. The attack on the palate is clean, the texture is silky, and the complexity elegant.

The characteristic freshness of FIGEAC is underpinned by great length of flavour. With its long ageing potential, the wine goes on in time to reveal hints of forest floor, leather, cigar-box and liquorice –always with its hallmark elegance.

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Deep colour. Intense dark plum, crème de cassis aromas with touches of strawberry and ginger crackle. Pure, fresh, buoyant and beautifully proportioned palate with sweet saturated blackcurrant pastille, dark plum flavours, integrated savoury oak and superb plentiful fine graphite tannins. Finishes brambly and long with lovely mineral persistency. Beautiful vinosity and flavour length. Fabulous Figeac. Best in 20 years. Tasted at Ch Figeac. 99 points

  • 99p

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very complex nose with great depth, exquisite fruit, blackberries, raspberries and hints of blackcurrants, almost smoky nuances, graphite in the background. On the palate well structured with excellent depth and length, ripe tannins, delicate acidity, convincing freshness. A wonderful, almost intellectual wine which might not be easily understood by everybody, but a great wine with mastered power, the best Figeac ever tasted en primeur. Arguably the best work of Michel Rolland at Bordeaux in this vintage. 98

  • 98p

Deep ruby. Spices, blackberries, fruity, blueberries, detailed, some floral notes, tight, vanilla, almost leaps out of the glass. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, some red fruits, spices, anise, minerals, detailed, blackberries, some coffee and vanilla. High levels of very fine grained tannins, long. 95-97

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Origin

Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château de Figeac 2016  ( Château de Figeac )

Deep colour. Intense dark plum, crème de cassis aromas with touches of strawberry and ginger crackle. Pure, fresh, buoyant and beautifully proportioned palate with sweet saturated blackcurrant pastille, dark plum flavours, integrated savoury oak and superb plentiful fine graphite tannins. Finishes brambly and long with lovely mineral persistency. Beautiful vinosity and flavour length. Fabulous Figeac. Best in 20 years. Tasted at Ch Figeac. 99 points

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château de Figeac 2016  ( Château de Figeac )

Deep ruby. Spices, blackberries, fruity, blueberries, detailed, some floral notes, tight, vanilla, almost leaps out of the glass. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, some red fruits, spices, anise, minerals, detailed, blackberries, some coffee and vanilla. High levels of very fine grained tannins, long. 95-97

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château de Figeac 2016  ( Château de Figeac )

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very complex nose with great depth, exquisite fruit, blackberries, raspberries and hints of blackcurrants, almost smoky nuances, graphite in the background. On the palate well structured with excellent depth and length, ripe tannins, delicate acidity, convincing freshness. A wonderful, almost intellectual wine which might not be easily understood by everybody, but a great wine with mastered power, the best Figeac ever tasted en primeur. Arguably the best work of Michel Rolland at Bordeaux in this vintage. 98

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