chateau figeac premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2017
DECANTER
93
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

2017 chateau figeac premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru

Why We're Buying

Some wine estates decline in quality as they expand. Not Château Figeac. As the largest estate in Saint-Émilion, it holds a Premier grand cru classé (B) rating. Its Bordeaux red blend also earned a perfect rating from Lisa Perrotti-Brown and Jeb Dunnuck in 2019, while the 2016 vintage earned a 100 out of 100 from Roger Voss.

Critics Scores

DECANTER
93

Decanter

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. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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.

TIM ATKIN
95

Tim Atkin

Really deep and expressive Cabernet nose. Black fruit, violets and sweet earth. Very inviting. Rich and mouth-filling with marzipan hints, sweet fruit and layered complexity, but fresh. Fine tannins, and good acidity, with plush sweet fruit and spices. Very good indeed.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

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. Drink from 2024.

JEB DUNNUCK
95

Jeb Dunnuck

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.

JAMES SUCKLING
96

James Suckling

This is a dense and layered red with blackberries, blueberries and hints of hazelnuts. Full-bodied, very tight and focused. Impressive young tannins. Velvety texture. Very pretty to taste. Juicy and delicious. 43% merlot, 47% caberent sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc. Less franc than normal due to the frost.

WINE SPECTATOR
96

Wine Spectator

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. Best from 2024 through 2042.