This is phenomenal on the nose with blackberries, fresh cep mushrooms, forest fruit, and earth. Turns to hazelnuts and dark berries. Subtle. Breathtaking. It's full-bodied on the palate, with superb tannins that last for minutes. The flavor is subtle yet incredible. Love the texture. It is the same wonderful quality level as 2009. This is so fabulous to taste now, but so much better in 2018.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013|
Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property and then in Bordeaux a year later. The 2010 Figeac was a "problem child" in its youth, very variable and difficult to pin down, vexing on occasion. Now with a couple of years in bottle, it is really beginning to show what it can do and it far surpassed my expectations. Certainly, it is more withdrawn on the nose compared to the more generous 2009 Figeac. The aromatics are holding everything back. Then, with continued aeration it reveals a subtle marine influence—seaweed and sea spray scents, estuary mudflats. The palate is medium-bodied with moderate depth, but what really distinguishes this wine are the fineness of the tannin, the symmetry of the structure and freshness on the finish, facets hitherto kept secret. As such, it surpasses the 2009, the weightless but intense finish beckoning you to take another sip. The aromatics need to up their game and match what's evolving on the palate—if they do, this will be a very serious Figeac. Drink: 2020 - 2045.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (226), August 2016|
This is very structured, with a solid core of plums, chocolate and bright acidity. Firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. A powerful and structured young wine
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
Very dark crimson. Medium concentration. High-toned minerality on the nose. Lots of appetising sap and savour. Loose and round and easy peasy. Attractive in that it's not overdone; possibly a chance missed in that it's just slightly slack. Or possibly it's Figeac..! Ah. That last phrase was written when I tasted this blind and it's true that this potentially great wine rarely shows well en primeur. Hence the hopeful double plus after the score. Though its gravel soils will not have done the wine any favours in this exceptionally dry vintage.
|Score: 16.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
One of the great names and terroirs of Saint Emilion whose wines exude class and sophistication rather than raw power. Notoriously difficult to judge when tasting en primeur because of the unusually high Cabernet Sauvignon component. The blend is 30% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Cabernet Franc - a rare example of a fairly even mix of all three classic Bordeaux grape varieties. This wine sometimes shows a slightly green character when tasted alongside some of the more "blockbuster" style of some of the neighbours but it invariably matures into classic Saint Emilion. Medium-deep colour, fresh on the nose. The fruit is genuinley ripe this year but there is a Cabernet style to the wine, which makes it quite lean, tight and structured in comparison to its neighbours. A long term wine with good "lift". Cool, classic Figeac that is more intellectual than hedonistic.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
There is a lot happening on the nose with ripe rich fruit overlaid by fresher red fruited fragrances. The palate is deep and complex black fruited richness balanced by red cherry freshness. There is lots of concentration but an underlying elegance.
|Score: 92/96||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 97||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011|
This is a Figeac with plenty of substance but still elegant and fresh in style. Dense, lively, expressive fruit. Firm but fine tannins. Great length. Drink 2020-2040.
|Score: 18.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2011|