1989 Figeac, St-Emilion

SKU #950797 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. In many ways, the 1989 Figeac was the biggest surprise of the vertical tasting. Hitherto lambasted by critics (including myself I might add), here it seemed to have undergone some Damascene conversion! Generous on the nose, it does not quite offer the fruit intensity of the 1990, but there are lovely warm gravel and licorice aromas, all beautifully detailed. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, sensual in style with Provençal herbs and fennel tincturing the mixture of smudged red and black fruit. From all accounts, it appears to have been a wine that shot out of the blocks with style, then ran out of steam for many years. Yet here, it is as if the 1989 has rediscovered that youthful promise, perchance at a point in time when many bottles have been popped and poured. (NM)  (8/2016)

92 points John Gilman

 Out of the blocks, the ’89 Figeac was never one of my favorite wines from this decade at the estate, but time has worked its magic and the wine is drinking very well today. The bouquet shows a roasted personality from the vintage’s character, but plenty of complexity in its mélange of baked red and black cherries, iron soil tones, nutskins, cigar ash and a topnote of fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and generous, with a bit of meatiness in the mid-palate, modest tannins and very good length and grip on the well-balanced and complex finish. Good juice that is now at its apogee. (Drink between 2016-2040)  (6/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, with lots of character. Chewy St.-Emilion, featuring green tobacco, dried cherry and fruit aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a chocolate finish. (JS)  (5/1999)

Jancis Robinson

 Looks much more mature than the 1990 just tasted. Mid ruby with rusty rim. Intense, sweet with sweet licorice. Sweeter, smoother and more tarry than the 1990. Long and rich with layered undertow. 18.5/20 points (JR)  (6/2015)

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