1998 Figeac, St-Emilion (Previously $180)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full medium ruby. Rich, new-oaky nose of raspberry, cedar and coffee shows an almost liqueur-like sweetness. Dense, sweet and refined, with superb richness for Figeac. Still quite youthful. Finishes with huge but fine oak-influenced tannins and excellent persistence. (ST)
Pretty blackberry, with black olive on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicate fruit, dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste. (Web-2009) (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As befitting a wine with considerable Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the blend, this is a stylish, mid-weight effort with an opulent, complex bouquet of licorice, Asian spices, tobacco, and fruit cake. Obvious black currants, smoke, vanillin, and new saddle leather are prominent in the wine's beautifully-knit flavors. This opulent, rich, concentrated, layered, pure, complex 1998 reveals low acidity as well as ripe tannin, suggesting it will be impossible to resist young. (RP)
Dark crimson. Pungent and particularly spicy - almost cinnamon - but transparent. Fresh. Tannins have subsided. 17.5/20 points.
Fabulous wine. Elegant, stylish with spice and cigar aromas meshed with black fruit. Very dense and concentrated pure wine. Incredible finish.