2012 Figeac, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
A wine with a mineral, blueberry and light clay character. Full body, with round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Shows plenty of mineral, iron and spice character. Can’t make up my mind if I like 2011 and 2012. I tasted both this time.
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 very direct, compact and muscular style, with a dark core of currant, steeped blueberry and plum notes, liberally coated with roasted vanilla and melted licorice accents. Rather rounded for the vintage and a step behind the ‘11, relying more on a caressing edge than vigorous drive.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(40% each merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with 20% cabernet franc): 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.
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.