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Figeac 2005

SubregionSt Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

This St.-Emilion offers attractive Christmas fruitcake notes, cedar wood, blackcurrants and spice in a medium-bodied, silky smooth, round and juicy style. It is up-front, tasty and well-made. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. Drink: 2015 - 2027

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

The finest Figeac since the 1990 and 1982, the restrained, but complex 2005 exhibits notes of black olives, new saddle leather, tobacco leaf, and sweet cherry and black currant fruit. The wine is medium-bodied with racy tannins as well as a streamlined style built on finesse and delicacy rather than on power and concentration. Consume it over the next 15-20 years

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

The best Figeac since the 2000 and 1990, this dense plum/ruby/purple-tinged 2005 offers up sweet aromas of creosote, incense, fruitcake, black cherries, and cassis. With soft but noticeable tannin this impeccably elegant, medium-bodied, authoritatively-flavored, pure, long wine will be drinkable between 2009-2020.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

The 2005 Figeac has been a variable performer over the years, one where you never quite know what to expect until you pull the corks. As usual, it has a sullen bouquet at first before offering broody black fruit laced with melted tar and tobacco, hints of liquorice almost reluctantly evolving with time. The palate is medium-bodied and quite conservative, rather "static" in the glass, missing the tension and animation that I think recent vintages have conveyed. There is an impressive solid nature to this Figeac, though it lacks that crucial element...charm. Tasted at the Christies' Figeac dinner. 2018 - 2026

Neal Martin, Vinous Table (vinous.com), July 2018

The 2005 Figeac has a broody, earthy bouquet dominated by earthy black fruit, strawberry jam and black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly lactic entry: mocha-tinged red fruit, cooked meat and a tannic, rather masculine but focused finish. It remains very closed and rather pinched vis-a-vis its peers. Tasted December 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

This shows wonderful chocolate, berry and floral aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety yet firm tannins. It caresses and lasts for minutes on the palate. This is a great Figeac

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Sweet and light. (First bottle corked.) Very different from most. Dances – lively. But there’s a hint of gaminess. Then the tannins really make their presence felt. This one should be kept longer.
Drink 2019-2037

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

Blackish crimson. Mild, refreshing, non-exaggerated nose. Really appetising and beautifully balanced. Very fine. Sinewy. A right-bank exception. Lovely minty freshness. 13.5%
Drink 2020-2045

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015

Savoury nose, well integrated and interesting. A little forward but a pleasure to drink already.This bottle faded a little fast

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009

Savoury nose, well integrated and interesting. A little forward but a pleasure to drink already.This bottle faded a little fast

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009

Mid crimson - paler than most. Simple fruit flavours with some freshness. Very cool palate impression with fine tannins obvious only on the finish. As usual, a relatively muted wine at this early stage. Very dry tannins on the finish for the moment but a good effort. Drink 2014-26

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006

Good full medium ruby. The nose offers blackcurrant, licorice, graphite, violet, minerals and exotic spices. Broad, suave and fine-grained on the palate, with fleshy but sharply focused flavors of currant, minerals and tobacco. Finishes classically dry and very long. This is St. Emilion with Pauillac and Graves qualities-and a superb vintage for this chateau, whose wine is easy to underrate in the early going.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

The floral scent is present, and the balance of alcohol and acidity excellent. For the moment, as is often the case with Figeac, it is not as impressive as some others, with drier tannins and lesser fruit; Cheval-Blanc for instance shows far better precision in the texture and after-taste. But I have no fear for the future. Drink from 2015.

Michel Bettane, Decanter Magazine, April 2006
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