2011 Figeac, St-Émilion
This is powerful and concentrated, with the high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend standing out firmly. It is dark, rich, packed with ripe black fruits and sweet tannins. Drink from 2018.
This is very aromatic, with almond, berry and chocolate character. Full body with fine tannins and a chewy finish, but the tannins are soft and polished. Needs at least three to four years to soften even more. Try in 2018.
The plum and black cherry fruit has a floral edge, giving this version an elegant feel overall, while subtle tobacco, singed tea leaf and wood spice notes fill out the lengthy finish. This lovely wine has dropped serious muscle since the barrel tasting and is showing elegance and finesse that belies its age. Best from 2015 through 2025. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted in Bordeaux from an ex-château bottle, the 2011 Figeac has a healthy deep garnet hue. The nose is quite vibrant and well defined with blackberry, briary and a touch of graphite, though not as much as I remember showing out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, crisp in the mouth with a fine line of acidity. This actually surpasses my expectations. It has a natural sensibility, offering attractive blackberry and cranberry fruit, a sprig of mint, with a breezy, unpretentious finish that suits this down to the ground. You could almost broach this now, unusual for Figeac,, but suffice to say it will offer a decade's worth of drinking pleasure, possibly more. Tasted July 2016. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium ruby. Aromas of blueberry, mint and white pepper are lifted by a bright floral element. Juicy and intense, with the lively dark fruit and floral flavors currently showing more perfume than flesh. The tannins here are very suave for the year. Finishes clean and long, with lovely repeating floral nuances. (ID)
Powerful wine. Balanced.