1970 Figeac, St-Emilion (very high shoulder, bin soiled label)

SKU #950608 94 points John Gilman

 It is a good life that has me crossing paths with the 1970 vintage of Figeac with a bit of frequency, as this is one of my favorite vintages from this marvelous estate. This most recent bottle was absolutely singing, offering up a pure and classic nose of red and black cherries, woodsmoke, a touch of eucalyptus, gravelly soil tones, orange peel and iron filings. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully resolved, with a good core, superb complexity, still just a whisper of backend tannin and lovely length and grip on the refined and velvety finish. A beautiful Figeac, the likes of which we may never see again. (Drink between 2016-2035)  (5/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property, the 1970 Château Figeac, which was tasted from magnum, has weathered well over the years. It has a thin tawny rim with a mahogany core. The nose is fragrant and perhaps a little rustic, leaning towards the herbaceous side with a ferrous tincture. I would not describe the aromatics as being 'past their best,' but they have perhaps lost some vigor and I discerned my fruité exhibited by the 1975 Figeac. The palate is well balanced and showed more chutzpah than the nose, elegant and refined with vestiges of red plum and cranberry laced with undergrowth and tobacco. I cannot help feeling that this wine peaked 15 to 20 years ago—there is something elegiac about the 1970—a Figeac that has seen better days, but will continue to give pleasure. Tasted June 2015. (NM)  (8/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Medium garnet; ripe, cedary cassis nose; rich, generous cassis flavor; very concentrated, full, ripe and long.  (5/1993)

K&L Notes

90 points Robert Parker, in Bordeaux Book 3rd Edition: "This wine has been fully mature for at least a decade, but it continues to exhibit an herb-, mineral-, and plum-scented bouquet, with ripe, lush, expansive flavors that appear to have put on a bit of weight and intensity since the mid-1980s. The tannins have completely melted away, and the overall impression is one of a round, generously endowed, silky-textured wine. I would opt for drinking it over the next 3-5 years, but I have been wrong so many times in the past about the aging potential of Figeac, this wine may last longer... Last tasted, 1/91."

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion