2012 Figeac, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Beautiful aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries with cacao and chocolate notes. Full body, lovely acidity, soft and juicy tannins and a long, fruity finish. Figeac is back in style. Needs two or three years to soften. Best after 2018.
Barrel sample. This wine has weight and tannins that offer good structure, but it's the ripe, rich fruit that dominates. It's powerful and complex, and likely to age well.
A beguiling tobacco leaf note weaves up and away from the core of steeped plum and mulled currant fruit, while a sleek iron accent forms the spine and a loamy element creates the backdrop. Shows some pleasant latent grip while the currant detail echoes. Best from 2018 through 2027.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium ruby-red. Spicy aromas of blueberry, violet, licorice and black pepper. In the mouth, concentrated but tightly wound flavors of fresh blueberry and blackcurrant come across as slightly subdued. This elegantly styled wine is impressively juicy and bright for the year, finishing with a lingering savory quality.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a very strong effort from this great terroir. They finally seem to be making stricter selections and picking slightly riper fruit, thereby avoiding the vegetal underripe tones of the past as well as dilution from a lack of any selection. The 2012 Figeac (performing much better from bottle) has a dense ruby/purple color and a beautiful nose of graphite, blackcurrants, and spice box, followed by a medium-bodied, elegant yet still concentrated and authoritative style of wine. This is a beauty, and the great terroir that has existed for centuries comes through beautifully. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20 years. 91+ (RP)
Deep dark cherry colour. Bright, cedary and blackcurrant aroma. Slightly herbaceous but not overly so. Very gentle tannins, velvety already. Super-suave and approachable, just fresh enough.
Chateau Figeac is a pretty large Premier Grand Cru Classe from St-Emilion. They hold a total of 98.8 acres on the gravel plateau of St Emilion, planted to 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot, and the 2012 cuvee is close to this with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Just across the street from the fabulous Cheval Blanc, but generally at a much better price, it has a great location for producing fantastic wines. With average vine age of 40 years and the oldest at 100 years, the estate has an even older claim to fame as it was the site of a 2nd century Roman villa. K&L's barrel tasting notes: * Red fruit flavors here—much different than most Right Bankers. Tannins at back end. I like it for the long run. (Clyde Beffa Jr.)