This elegant, precocious, surprisingly soft, up-front-styled St.-Emilion possesses a dark ruby/purple color as well as sweet aromas of menthol, fruitcake, cherries, and black currants. Round and medium-bodied with silky tannins and a sensual, evolved, precocious style, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-14 years.
Very impressive aromas of blackberry and coffee follow through to medium- to full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long finish. This is all in finesse. A tiny bit more on the midpalate would make it 92-94.
Dark ruby in colour, this is a Figeac that captures the 'Left Bank' spirit that you often find in this wine. It majors on Cabernet Sauvinon-led tobacco leaf, cassis and blueberry fruits, with touches of salted caramel on the finish. Good juice on the finish, plenty of structure to the tannins still. 100% new oak for ageing. Harvest September 15 to October 3. 37hl/h yield.
Dark purple. Exotic notes on the nose. Light berries and some health. A little greenness then creeps in and fixes on to the palate with a rather vice-like grip. The disadvantages have been reasonably well disguised but this is making the best of a bad job rather than a work of art.
Bright ruby-red. Cassis, licorice pastille, graphite and violet on the lively nose. Suave and fine-grained; not a hugely ripe style but elegant and classically dry, with the wine's mint, licorice and herbal cabernet component dominating today. Finishes quite firm and a tad dry, with building tannins.
Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. The 2006 Figeac is a success for what was a modest Right Bank vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon is most expressive on the nose at the moment, reserved but nicely defined with pencil lead and light ferrous scents emerging. The palate is medium-bodied with a dash of pepper on the entry. This is youthful but approachable, not long in the mouth, but "cool, calm and collected." This is a fine Figeac destined to give a couple of decade's worth of pleasure. Drink: 2017 - 2035
The 2006 Château Figeac has an open-knit, meaty, Cabernet Franc-driven bouquet with hints of scorched earth and bell pepper infusing the black fruit, later cigar box and smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a little dryness in the mouth, certainly not a fruit-driven Figeac, although it is nicely balanced on the simple Cabernet-driven finish. Drink this over the next 5-6 years - not a bad Figeac, but it is surpassed by many other vintages in recent years.
Tasted twice in Bordeaux with questions marks over the ripeness (83-85) each time but re-tasting back in London, a far superior sample. Muted, perhaps rather disjointed on the nose with a slight savoury edge and a touch of burnt toasty. The palate has a sharp entry but like Pavie Macquin gains in stature with just 2-3 minutes in the glass, revealing a touch of green pepper intertwined with succulent blackberry and boysenberry fruit. Masculine as usual but with no greenness on the finish that marred some of the bottles in Bordeaux. Dry, conservative, tannic finish. I remain optimistic that this Figeac will come round in time. Tasted April 2007.
Good ruby-red. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, underbrush, mocha, smoke and nutty oak. Juicy, spicy and on the lean side, but with very good firmness and lift to the redcurrant and tobacco flavors. This began a bit dry on the back but gained sweetness with air, ultimately showing supple, ripe tannins and lingering juicy fruit.