2012 Figeac, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1132238 94 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/2015)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/2015)

89-92 points 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.  (6/2013)

91 points 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)  (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

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.)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Saint Emilion