2013 Figeac, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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.
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.
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.