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2000 Figeac, St-Emilion

SKU #1006554 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark Eric d’Aramon commented on the 2000 Figeac that if he had it to do all over again, he might have waited just a few days longer before starting to pick at the estate. This vintage shows a bit of youthful bell pepper and fresh herb tones of old school claret, and to my palate, I see nothing amiss with the youthful aromatic and flavor profiles of this very deep, pure and soil-driven Figeac. The complex and utterly classic nose jumps from the glass in a superb mélange of cherries, raw cocoa, fresh herb tones, just a touch of youthful bell pepper, beautifully transparent, gravelly soil tones, a bit of menthol, nutskins and new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very reserved at the present time, with a wonderfully sappy core of fruit, ripe tannins, tangy acids and stunning length and grip. This is still very young, but I have absolutely no reservations that in the fullness of time this will be a stunning vintage of Figeac. Drink between 2022-2100. Inner quote mark (1/2012)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Spices, herbs, plums, and meat on the nose. Full and round, with soft tannins and a beautiful finish. Chocolate and fruit everywhere. Give this another two or three years. Pull the cork in 2013. Inner quote mark (5/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Overt rosemary, bay and tobacco notes lead the way, backed by dark fig and steeped black currant fruit flavors at the core. The finish is loamy-edged, with a serious tug of earth. There's nice flesh and density here, though I like where this is now, rather than wanting to wait too much longer. (JM, Web Only-2016) Inner quote mark

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark It is some years since I last tasted the 2000 Figeac. There is a valid argument that it is being eclipsed by the 2001, but it is still a fine Saint Emilion. The nose is clean and fresh with strong graphite aromas, very Left Bank in style with black truffle and smoky notes developing. The palate is masculine and rather austere at first, though I notice that it gains fleshiness in the glass. (NM) Inner quote mark (8/2016)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full ruby-red. Wild, expressive aromas of black raspberry, cedar, lead pencil, mocha, coffee and animal fur. Fat, silky and lush yet dry; a thick, round Figeac with impressive volume. Even the Merlot in 2000 showed solid structure. Like the 2001, this shows an intriguing burnt note. Finishes with big but suave tannins and lingering notes of cherry, chocolate and black olive. The richest of these three vintages by a wide margin. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2003)

K&L Notes

Big, dense, and chewy, the Figeac is full of ripe middle fruit, balanced by firm but ripe tannins. Here is a wine of great purity. As good as their 1982? Should age well.


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
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The stars are aligned. This wine vies with Cheval Blanc in 2000. Clyde scores it 95. Superb wine!
Drink from 2015 to 2025

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2015 | Send Email
An exception for the right bank, Figeac is composed of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and only 30% Merlot. My favorite of the right bank flight, and a serious contender for wine of the night! The Figeac was natural, effortless claret that had a lovely herbal bouquet with hints of both olives and chocolate. This had the complexity, but also the drinkability that makes me want to spend more time and drink more of it. It was flawless texturally; layered, medium bodied and fresh and lifted on the back end. Lots of flavor and complexity can be had here without any cost to freshness… But your wallet will feel it! What a bottle!
Drink from 2015 to 2050

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