1999 Figeac, St-Emilion

SKU #997704 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Complex aromas of figs, ripe plums, sweet cedar, tobacco, and new wood jump from the glass of this Burgundian-like St.-Emilion. It is medium-bodied, lush, and elegant, rather than powerful. The wine possesses supple tannin and a distinctive personality. Although it will not make old bones, it will offer graceful, well-balanced drinking over the next 12 years.  (4/2002)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid-crimson. Quite sharply defined, almost aggressive nose. Then lovely ripe fruit spread all over the palate, without being tricksified. Just solid grapes (versus cellar technique). Amazing length. (18/20 points)  (10/2005)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium-deep red-ruby. Cabernet-dominated aromas of cedar, tobacco, tar and game. Then soft, plump and plummy in the middle, with a note of tobacco.  (6/2002)

Wine Spectator

 Aromas of tobacco, tea and berries, with hints of meat and dust. Medium-bodied, with polished tannins and a fresh and fruity finish. Still rustic.  (8/2002)

K&L Notes

Figeac was somewhat controversial, due to the difference in the samples we tried. Sweet red fruit aromas and flavors. Elegant mid-palate flavors. Soft round tannins. Retasted, this wine was a star of the vintage. Rich, round and fruity with great structure and balance.

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion