A minty, herbal characteristic combines with scents of incense, black currants, cherries, smoke, and licorice in this complex, pure 2001. It was a bit closed on the three occasions I tasted it, but it was certainly medium-bodied and elegant, with loads of nobility/pedigree, and the potential to be outstanding. Give it 1-2 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 12-15.
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
It is no surprise that when tasted immediately prior to bottling this wine exhibited far more weight, texture, and depth of fruit than it did previously. Deep ruby/plum, with a sweet nose of black raspberries, blackberries, plum, and licorice, this medium-bodied, elegant Figeac exhibits good sweetness, plenty of precocious complexity, and a ripe, long, nicely textured finish. As I predicted early on, it has developed more weight and texture, as this wine and its nearby neighbor, Cheval Blanc, so often do. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2018.
|Score: 88/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
|Score: 86/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property from magnum, the 2001 Figeac is beginning to fulfill its early promise and is evolving into a really quite wonderful Saint Emilion. Deep in color, the nose is initially reserved, but it unfurls to offer enticing mint and salted licorice scents, pencil box and musk that are all beautifully focused. The palate is well balanced with very well-judged acidity. The Cabernet Franc shines through and imparts a subtle bell pepper note. This is fresh and still youthful, refined and poised with veins of blood orange. Coming into its own now after 15 years in bottle, this is open for business and should offer another two decades of drinking pleasure. This 2001 deserves decanting as I observed this improving in the glass. Drink: 2017 - 2040
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (226), August 2016|
Looks quite mature. Some lift and transparency, Not forced on the nose. Still a few slightly ungainly tannins but this wine tastes honest and straightforward as though not put through any hoops of ambition. A bit light and green but honest.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007|