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1998 Figeac, St-Emilion

SKU #996230 98 points Decanter

 A classic right bank year, this just jumps out of the glass with its singing black bramble fruits, lip-staining in their pleasure. A hail storm in July meant around 40% less yield than usual, but what is left behind is utterly delicious. You can hold onto this bottle for another few decades, or gulp it down now. The structure is juicy and ripe, with blackberries over smoked slate and supportive, fully-integrated tannins. It really shows how Figeac can hold back its charms until much later, rewarding those with patience to wait. One to smile over. (JA)  (10/2017)

95 points John Gilman

 The 1998 Château Figeac is one of the greatest young vintages from this property in the last twenty-five years and the wine continues to show stunning potential. It is a far cry from ready to drink, but it is getting to that stage where it is awfully tempting to start opening bottles! The deep and stellar bouquet jumps from the glass in a sappy blend of black cherries, red plums, Cuban cigar wrapper, a great base of soil tones, chocolate, still a bit of Figeac’s youthful herb tones, toasty new oak and a topnote of St. Émilion nutskin. On the palate the wine is pure, full and sappy at the core, with excellent soil signature, ripe, seamless tannins and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. A gorgeous bottle of Figeac that still deserves at least a few more years in the cellar to really hit its apogee. (Drink between 2021-2075)  (1/2018)

92 points Vinous

 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) 92+  (7/2002)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Pretty blackberry, with black olive on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicate fruit, dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste. (JS, Web Only-2009)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property from magnum, the 1998 Château Figeac is one of the best wines from this era, one where I feel that this Saint Emilion lost its way a little. It has a conservative nose, at least for the habitually opulent Right Banks in this vintage, with meaty, dried blood aromas infusing the rustic red berry fruit, later developing light ferrous/copper piping scents. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity. The tannins are now softened with age and there is a tang of orange zest interlacing the red berry fruit on the finish. Slightly grainy in texture, it does not offer the opulence of other Right Bank Saint Emilions, though it is keeping with the Figeac style. I would start opening bottles now, however this 1998 will keep giving pleasure for another two decades. (NM)  (8/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark crimson. Pungent and particularly spicy - almost cinnamon - but transparent. Fresh. Tannins have subsided. 17.5/20  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

Fabulous wine. Elegant, stylish with spice and cigar aromas meshed with black fruit. Very dense and concentrated pure wine. Incredible finish.

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Saint Emilion