2013 Figeac, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158972 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Here’s a solidly tannic wine, with a smoky wood character that lies over the juicy fruit layers. It will need time to coalesce, but it shows the potential to be able to age well.  (4/2014)

91-94 points Wine Spectator

 This delivers a very solid core of plum, cassis and blackberry fruit, with polished edges and a good underpinning of iron and violet notes through the finish. Long and solidly built without overreaching. One of the top surprises of the vintage.  (4/2014)

90-91 points James Suckling

 A balanced, silky wine for the vintage, with mineral, currant, licorice and light spice. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. I like the hints of sweet tobacco, too. Very different blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc; in a normal year, it’s one third of each.  (4/2014)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The final blend, from yields of 36 hectoliters per hectare, is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. With an average alcohol of 13%, the wine is outstanding and probably, for me, the best Figeac in many a year - even though it is from a difficult vintage. A tribute to not only Madame Manoncourt, but to Jean-Valmy Nicolas and Michel Rolland. The wine is a dense ruby/purple with a beautiful nose of creme de cassis, cedar wood and a touch of tobacco leaf. The wine is medium-bodied and has opulence on the attack, after which tannins kick in. This exhibits good purity and far more texture and depth than about any recent Figeac has possessed. A wine that was over-cropped, picked underripe and simply a major underperformer for such a great terroir. It should drink well for 10-15 years.  (8/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry, smoke, chocolate mint and underbrush show a caramel nuance; gained sweetness and focus with aeration. Juicy, floral dark fruit and licorice flavors show moderate hang time on the back end, which features dusty tannins and a repeating floral quality.  (6/2014)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2014 | Send Email
*** New ownership here, many consider this to be one of the greatest terroirs in St. Emilion and point to many legendary Figeac vintages from the past, sadly I have not experienced any of these but the last two vintages have been markedly better. This year’s is the best yet, great, bright fruit, many layers of berry fruit, good tannin and body, a delicious wine.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2014 | Send Email
A spicy, lively wine, Figeac is never overdone or over-extracted. I do not find any hollowness I have seen in recent vintages. There is a slight herbal component but I find there is enough fruit and tannic structure to hold this wine together. 87-89 points.

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Saint Emilion