1990 Figeac, St-Emilion

SKU #951355 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. The 1990 Figeac was drinking gloriously and this is perhaps the best bottle that I have tasted. It is noticeably deep in color, in fact, deeper and more lucid than many vintages from the 1980s. It reminds me of the Lafleur 1990 in some ways, with its very expressive Cabernet Franc that manifests black truffle and cigar ash scents. There is such clarity here. The palate is medium-bodied and full of degraded black, earthy fruit. There is weight and presence here, gently gripping the mouth with a long tobacco-tinged finish that is still very satisfying. There is something still 'old school' about this Figeac, but it certainly would be my pick from this era. Tasted June 2015. (NM)  (8/2016)

93 points Decanter

 1990 was a warm year, and you get clear indications of a ripe harvest with the abundant flavours of figs and damsons, with soft, integrated woodsmoke. Liquorice and cedar run through the palate. I love their handling of oak here, where the benefits of the 100% new barrels and the structure of the Cabernets come into their own in this tertiary phase. This is a lovely wine to slow down with, to take a breath and remember old friends. The second bottle was not so good by the way - expect some variation at this stage in its life. (JA)  (6/2017)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full red. Initially cool aromas of cherry, blackberry, minerals, iron and menthol; an initial musty note dissipated with aeration. Sweet, supple and layered, with a deeply spicy Cabernet component. Lovely ripe acids give clarity to the very rich flavors. Finishes with superb firmness and persistence. An excellent vintage for Figeac. (ST)  (8/2002)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Ruby color. Interesting aromas of plums, leaves and berries. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a ripe fruit and chocolate aftertaste. Rich and chunky Figeac.  (8/2000)

Jancis Robinson

 A really lovely wine with oodles of charm and interest. Some orange at the rim – very slight. Sweet and welcoming on the nose with the merest hint of dried fruit but completely luscious on the palate. Really very rich and competent and complete. Fills the palate completely. Meaty. Long and fresh on the end. Health juice. 19/20 points. (JR)  (8/2018)


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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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