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2017 Figeac, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355648 97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Figeac is outrageously beautiful. Rich, deep and ample, the 2017 soars out of the glass with vertical intensity and explosive power. The flavors are just pulsing with energy. Time in the glass brings out a captivating range of lavender, spice, mint and rose petal overtones. The 2017 Figeac is a towering achievement from Technical Director Frédéric Faye and his team. When Michel Rolland was appointed consulting winemaker some years back, many feared the personality of Figeac would be lost. It is impossible for an outsider to truly know how small or large the impact of a single person is, but Figeac has indisputably been one of the very finest wines of the Right Bank over these last few years. The 2017 is a real "wow" wine; don't miss it. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This starts slowly, with black tea and sunbaked loam aromas leading off, followed by a deep well of black currant, fig and blackberry preserve flavors that form the core. From there, iron and espresso cream threads line the finish, where the fruit drips slowly and the aromas linger seductively. This will be a slow burn. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The grand vin is the 2017 Chateau Figeac, which was made only from first-generation grapes and is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and only 10% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in new French oak. It offers a beautiful bouquet of creme de cassis, tobacco, violets, and tobacco, with a touch of forest floor and earth. Made in a pure, elegant, medium-bodied style, it's beautifully textured, seamless and elegant, with silky tannins and a solid spine of acidity. It's going to be drinkable in 4-5 years and cruise for 15-20 years. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Blackberries and violets with lots of perfume. Some roses, too. Full body. Very structured for this vintage with tight, lightly chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Creamy texture. Excellent density in the center palate. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Production was down by half this year—only producing 55,000 bottles. Made from 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Figeac gives up expressive notes of black cherries, plum preserves, black raspberries and kirsch, giving way to hints of dried leaves, cinnamon toast and warm cassis plus a waft of lavender. Medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful vibrancy with a refreshing line cutting through the crunchy black fruits and a firm, finely grained frame, finishing long and spicy. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The Cabernets, both Sauvignon and Franc, have produced a wine that is structured and firm, with plenty of backbone as well as fruit and acidity. It will be a juicy, rich wine that is sure to age well. The aftertaste is ripe and fruity. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark An estate that saw a heavy frost, losing 55% of the crop and achieving yields of 22hl/ha, but has managed to deliver a lovely wine that majors on elegance, and that emphasises the Cabernet over Merlot character to good effect. Not the intensity of 2015, 2016, 2018, but hard to disagree with the pleasure, the confidence and poise of the wine. Firm tannins also, and the most gorgeous hint of cold ash and woodsmoke curling out of the glass, this will continue to develop and deepen over next decade and beyond. (JA) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Deep cherry red with lots of purple. Lifted and fragrant. Finely and intensely scented. This is very fine: pure and precise, some red fruit on the palate. Succulent, juicy, scented on the palate too. Silky, charming, mouth-watering. So succulent, so precise, unforced. 18.5/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
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47% CS and 43%M with 10%CF. One of the best of the right bank 2017s. So minty and spicy on the nose. Red berries and boysenberries on the palate. Soft and forward. So sweet. Lovely.
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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2018 | Send Email
The 2017 Ch. Figeac is a blend of 47% CS 43% Merlot 10%CF. Amazingly, even with a loss of 55% of the crop due to frost and a wind chill of -4 to -5 Figeac managed to make a very fine wine. Framed by firm, lazar beam black fruit with lots of spice and impeccable balance. Absolutely classic Figeac. Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2018 | Send Email
Figeac is a on a qualitative roll that puts it among the finest in Bordeaux on any given modern vintage, and 2017 is no different. Production will be down about half, one of the most significant numbers we heard from any major property. There is an incredible purity here that is supported by bright and resounding blue and black fruit, terrific texture, and vibrant detail. One of the most dynamic and complex wines of the vintage, it will be one to grab early on and follow for 10-20 years. Congrats to Figeac on another winner.

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