2014 Château Figeac, St Emilion, Bordeaux

2014 Château Figeac, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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2014 Château Figeac, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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On the palate, the subdued fruit on the attack is a reminder that the right bank struggled in 2014 to achieve the same level of success as the exceptional 2015s and 2016s. But this is not a wine to dismiss in any way.

A blend of 40% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Cabernet Franc, there is dark cassis fruit here, with well-worked silky tannins and a restrained elegance that is given a smile by a coffee bean and smoked almond edge. 

A well-placed wine, working cleverly within its confines, not overstepping them, with huge potential for enjoyment. Drink in six to eight years, which needs to soften a little.

Drink 2022 - 2038

Janes Anson, JaneAnson.com

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Jane Anson93/100

On the palate, the subdued fruit on the attack is a reminder that the right bank struggled in 2014 to achieve the same level of success as the exceptional 2015s and 2016s. But this is not a wine to dismiss in any way.

A blend of 40% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Cabernet Franc, there is dark cassis fruit here, with well-worked silky tannins and a restrained elegance that is given a smile by a coffee bean and smoked almond edge. 

A well-placed wine, working cleverly within its confines, not overstepping them, with huge potential for enjoyment. Drink in six to eight years, which needs to soften a little.

Drink 2022 - 2038

Janes Anson, JaneAnson.com

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Wine Advocate94/100

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 chteau 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 Frdric Faye and his team. Tasted twice (both in London and at the property) with consistent notes.

Drink 2022 - 2045

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March 2017)

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Jancis Robinson MW17+/20

40% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc.

Another ‘classic’ in style, similar in character to 2008. Still reticent and reserved aromatically but juicy and vibrant with lots of freshness. Round and full on the attack, then linear and focused on the finish. Tannins present but refined. Plenty of energy and drive. In the greater scheme of things. Good for a few years yet.

Drink 2023 - 2040

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2022)

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James Suckling93/100

The open nose of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and bitter chocolate pulls you into this ample St.-Emilion with a satisfying interplay of sweet fruit and moderately dry tannins. It has only just shaken off the first phase of youthful effusiveness but still has plenty of life left. Long, quite dry finish with a delicate mint-chocolate note. 

Drink or hold

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (June 2022)

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Decanter95/100

Here is a 2014 that entices with its aromatic subtlety for a core of spicy black fruit. The attack is lively, and although the palate has a moderately dense structure to it, the tannins are still a bit firm at this stage. A hint of bell pepper and tobacco on the finish amplifies an impression of freshness on the long, airy finish. This is a lovely wine possessing real terroir expression.

Drink 2024 - 2035

Yohan Castaing, Decanter.com (September 2021)

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About this WINE

Château Figeac

Château Figeac

Château Figeac is one of the leading St. Emilion estates and its wine, with its high Cabernet content, has often been described as the most Médoc-like in St-Emilion. The estate is located in the north-west of the appellation with its vineyards adjoining those of Cheval Blanc. Its 54 hectares of vineyards lie on a deep, Médoc-like gravel topsoil over a flinty, iron-rich subsoil. Figeac was promoted in 2022 to the level of Premier Grand Cru Classé A, the top tier of the St Emilion classification.

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St Émilion

St Émilion

St Émilion is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than Listrac, Moulis, St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux put together. St Emilion has been producing wine for longer than the Médoc but its lack of accessibility to Bordeaux's port and market-restricted exports to mainland Europe meant the region initially did not enjoy the commercial success that funded the great châteaux of the Left Bank. 

St Émilion itself is the prettiest of Bordeaux's wine towns, perched on top of the steep limestone slopes upon which many of the region's finest vineyards are situated. However, more than half of the appellation's vineyards lie on the plain between the town and the Dordogne River on sandy, alluvial soils with a sprinkling of gravel. 

Further diversity is added by a small, complex gravel bed to the north-east of the region on the border with Pomerol.  Atypically for St Émilion, this allows Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon to prosper and defines the personality of the great wines such as Ch. Cheval Blanc.  

In the early 1990s there was an explosion of experimentation and evolution, leading to the rise of the garagistes, producers of deeply-concentrated wines made in very small quantities and offered at high prices.  The appellation is also surrounded by four satellite appellations, Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin and St. Georges, which enjoy a family similarity but not the complexity of the best wines.

St Émilion was first officially classified in 1954, and is the most meritocratic classification system in Bordeaux, as it is regularly amended. The most recent revision of the classification was in 2012

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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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