The 2014 Figeac is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine. Powerful and structured, with plenty of tannic spine, the 2014 won't start hitting its stride for at least a few years. Even today, though, it is impressive for its energy and overall intensity. Plum, smoke, spice, graphite and leather build into the huge, expressive finish. Figeac is one of the stars of the vintage. There is real density and gravitas here, not to mention considerable personality.
|Score: 96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
The aromas of blackcurrants and fresh forest floor are evocative. Oyster shells and stones. Turns to blackcurrants. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins that are polished and coat your mouth. The palate is ever dense and concentrated. Needs four to five years to open but already a beautiful red.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
The 2014 Figeac has a classic Saint-Émilion bouquet with pure raspberry and crushed strawberry scents, wet stone and smoke, wonderfully defined and vibrant. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, poised and focused, good backbone with a linear and precise finish that suggests it will require several years in bottle. It is predestined to be overshadowed by the subsequent 2015 and 2016, but you would be foolish to ignore this gem. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2024 - 2055
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018|
The 2014 Figeac builds on its promise from barrel and delivers a very fulfilling bouquet with red plum, crushed strawberry, cedar and light graphite aromas that I suspect will close down for a period after bottling. (The bottle tasted at the château displayed a subtle incense aroma.) The palate is very well defined with a crisp line of acidity, sorbet fresh in the mouth and fanning out towards its structured, tensile finish. It is a great Figeac, a superb forerunner to the brilliant 2015 and it should not be underestimated. Chapeau winemaker Frédéric Faye and his team. Tasted twice (both in London and at the property) with consistent notes.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, March 2017|
The Château Figeac 2014 is a blend of 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot picked from 29 September and 12 October. It is matured in 100% new oak from six different coopers, the alcohol level 13% with a pH 3.7. I tasted the wine twice at the property and once more at a négoçiant. The first time, it did not quite possess the precision on the finish that I was looking for, whilst the oak felt too prominent and blurred away that distinctive Figeac character. The 2nd and 3rd samples tasted one week later showed much better. Superb delineation on the nose, the oak here nicely integrated and allowing the Figeac character to be expressed, lifted red cherries and fresh strawberry dallying with cold stone and undergrowth scents, a touch of graphite courtesy of the Cabernets. The palate is medium-bodied with typical Figeac traits of cedar and undergrowth coming through with aeration, joined by blackberry and boysenberry. The finish here displayed more precision. Yes, just a little reserved and austere but the Cabernet is on song and imparting a structured finish. There are scurrilous rumours that the Figeac style is being forsaken. On the contrary, under winemaker Frédéric Faye and the Manoncourt family, it is retained and enhanced. Drink: 2019 - 2035.
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (218), April 2015|
A beautiful Figeac with stones, oyster shells, chalk and fruits. Full-bodied and compacted with ultra-fine tannins. This is compressed and compacted with a wonderful style. The 32% cabernet sauvignon should give a unique structure here. More structured than the 2012.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2015|
Tasted blind. Looks very youthful. Real freshness without (too much) leanness. Quite a brave wine in a very distinct atypical style for St-Émilion. A little angular but well-intentioned to refresh the drinker. Minerally finish.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|
One of the great names and terroirs of Saint Emilion whose wines exude class and sophistication rather than raw power. There has been some serious improvements here recently under winemaker Frédéric Faye. Michel Rolland has been brought in to consult - but not to change the unique Figeac style. Modern techniques such as vibrating sorting tables, de-stemming and an optical laser sorting line are being used, as well as 100% new oak barrels from 7 different coopers. As a consequence, the wines produced now seem a little riper and more polished than before but are still fine, pure and classic. Unusually for the right bank there is only 30% Merlot in the vineyard with 35% Cabernet Franc and - rare on the right bank - 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. Valmy Nicolas from La Conseillante has been brought in to sort out the commercial side. 40% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 100% new oak. 70% of production goes into the first wine, with 30% making up Petit Figeac. Deep ruby colour. Blackcurrant and black cherry are the focus on a ripe, luscious, concentrated nose. There is great intensity and focus with black chocolate, blue fruits and licquorice all layers of complexity. The palate is fleshy and rich on entry, with chocolate, black cherries and blackcurrant. There are high levels of tannin but they are ripe, polished and very fine. This is a delicious, ripe Figeac that stays true to the Chateau but has a ripeness and sumptuous fruit core that is rarely achieved. There is a complex hint of cinnamon and sweet spice from measured oak. This is long and complex, a truly excellent wine and one to watch.
|Score: 17.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
The 2014 Château Figeac had a tough act to follow coming after the 2015 yet it showed beautifully, with the finesse, elegance, and purity that’s the hallmark of the vintage. Black fruits, charcoal, truffle, and tobacco notes are all present in this nicely concentrated, medium to full-bodied Figeac which is beautifully balanced and long. Drink it anytime over the coming 20-25 years. 2018 - 2043
|Score: 94||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Shows cocoa and espresso edges along the core of dark currant and fig fruit, with lots of loamy depth on the finish. Notes of tobacco and warm stone are already emerging, but this will still need some time to muscle into harmony. Best from 2024 through 2037. 8,335 cases made.
|Score: 94||James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
The fruit is ripe the nose has depth with a mix of black and red fruits. The start of the palate has red fruited freshness but the mid palate is richer more black fruits, hints of liquorice the sweet, ripe fruit giving fleshy richness on the finish. 2020-30
|Score: 91/94||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
When this château employed Michel Rolland, allegedly in the search for higher scores, some people feared the worst. But they (and I) were wrong, because this is a fantastic 2014. Rich, plush and densely oaked, but with mineral, lead pencil-etched freshness, fine tannins and a real sense of purpose and precision.
|Score: 95||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 92||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|