2009 Figeac, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
The aromas in this are amazing, with blueberries, blackberries and fresh mushrooms. Black olives. So aromatic. Full-bodied, with super velvety tannins and lovely depth of ripe fruit. Balanced. Wild flavors on the finish of, meat, berries and forest fruits. Hints of decadence. 33% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. Best Figeac ever. Try after 2020.
*Cellar Selection* A ripe year like 2009 is kind to the Cabernet Sauvignon of Château Figeac. The wine is perfumed with new wood and sweet fruits, delicious black currant flavors giving both ripeness and freshness. The wine has weight and impressive density. A star of the vintage.
Distinctive, with atypical (for St.-Emilion) force and drive to the black currant, roasted cedar and maduro tobacco flavors, which are supported by a dense, loam-tinged structure. Terrific roasted espresso, ganache and fig paste notes wait in reserve. Very muscular, but with the cut for balance. Best from 2017 through 2035.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red with purple tinges. Very spicy, complex nose hints at blackcurrant, rose, Christmas cake and raisin, with black pepper and minty fresh herbs providing lift. Then juicy and moderately dense in the mouth, with good energy but modest flesh to the red fruit, mineral and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes very fresh and light on its feet, with firm, slightly dry tannins and a note of licorice.
** 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot. At UGC: Outstanding wine, with red fruit aromas and hints of chocolate and plum. Much different than most of its neighbors because of high Cabernet Sauvignon content. Powerful finish, but perfect balance. Ralph: Nice sweet fruit amid all the usual structure. Very good. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.