Figeac 2000

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

I rated this wine 93 in the post-bottling report for the vintage, but in two separate recent tastings, I scored the wine 86 one time and 84 the second time. A disappointment, for sure, and how I overrated it so dramatically begs many questions, but I certainly blew it on this one. Medium ruby, already displaying some rust and orange at the edge, the wines exhibits crushed and roasted vegetables, licorice, and black cherries in a herbaceous, thin, washed-out style. Of course, there are those who would defend this wine as a quintessentially elegant, old-style, classic wine, but dilution is dilution, vegetal is vegetal, and the wine frankly lacks concentration and is a major disappointment. I will keep my fingers crossed that there may be a few 93-point bottles out there, but neither of these were, and that's calling it the way I see it. If you own it (and sadly, I do), try one and see what you think.

Score: 85Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

A profound effort, the surprisingly full-bodied 2000 Figeac will rival 1990 and 1982. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by a terrific bouquet of camphor, graphite, black currants, licorice, and smoked herbs. With well-balanced, powerful tannin, concentration, and pinpoint percision, finesse, and purity, this expressive as well as textured effort will drink well between 2004-2018. When Figeac hits in all cylinders one can understand why some tasters believe it is as complex as Cheval Blanc. Last tasted, 1/03.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Score: 91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003

Figeac has become a more consistent wine over the last few years. A profound effort, the surprisingly full-bodied 2000 Figeac has an opaque purple color accompanied by a terrific bouquet of camphor, graphite, black currants, licorice, and smoked herbs. With well-balanced, powerful tannin, concentration, and pinpoint precision, finesse, and purity, this expressive as well as textured effort will drink well between 2004-2018. When Figeac hits on all cylinders, one can understand why some tasters believe it is as complex as Cheval Blanc. This is undeniably the estate's finest effort since 1996.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. It is some years since I last tasted the 2000 Figeac. There is a valid argument that it is being eclipsed by the 2001, but it is still a fine Saint Emilion. The nose is clean and fresh with strong graphite aromas, very Left Bank in style with black truffle and smoky notes developing. The palate is masculine and rather austere at first, though I notice that it gains fleshiness in the glass. It is nicely weighted, but does not quite deliver the sensuality or joie-de-vivre of the 2001 (which is actually like a lot of millennial Bordeaux). Let's see how it matures over the next few years, but my money would be on the 2001. Drink: 2018 - 2035

Score: 91Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (226), August 2016

Score: 92/94James Suckling, Wine Spectator

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