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NEW BORDEAUX EN PRIMEUR RELEASE : 2021 Château Figeac - finally something to talk about

June 2022

2021 Château Figeac
 1er Grand Cru Classé (B), St.Emilion

£978 per 6 bottle case in bond

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Well, there hasn’t been much excitement this en primeur season. Very few wines have delivered the quality or released at price levels that would draw client attention in order to sell before they are bottled. Thankfully, I am not a négociant with rafts of unwanted wine to sell!
Here is one release that is sure to be well-followed given the quality of the wine and new momentum behind the estate. Château Figeac has caught the wine-buying publics' attention these last seven vintages as the ambition of the owners of the estate is clear, and they are driving quality ever upwards as befits one of St.Emilion’s great terroir.
In terms of the growing season, Merlot had a rough ride in 2021, yet part of the key to Figeac’s success is the quality and quantity of its Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which perform incredibly well on its gravelly soils. So, the proportion of Merlot in the resultant blend is lowered and the Cabernets stepped up. They harvested their final Cabernets on the 19th October and were not panicked by an erroneous weather forecast that predicted rain and inclined many to harvest early. You have to risk something in tricky circumstances if you wish to overcome the challenges of a difficult year. Simply put, the 2021 Figeac tastes like a wine from a different vintage to 99% of what we tasted on our tasting trip in May.
Simon Field MW, who has a far more appropriate turn of phrase than I, commented in The World of Fine Wine, ‘Figeac’s luck is clearly in at the moment, its 2021 is a symphonic study in poised self-belief and a magisterial refusal to buckle under the apparent pressure of crisis. What crisis?’. I couldn’t have put it better.
I would however add that the 2021 Figeac was neither flashy nor bold when we tasted the unfinished wine in Bordeaux. This will be an interesting one to follow and re-taste in time, as I have a feeling it will benefit greatly from the time in barrel and therefore may exceed early expectations; it is all to do with the finesse of those Cabernet components that account for over 70% of the blend.


2021 Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru Classé (B), St.Emilion
£978 per 6 bottle case in bond

(95-97) points, Neal Martin,
The 2021 Figeac was picked from September 21 until October 19 and matured, as usual, in 100% new oak. It has a very pure, elegant bouquet, the Cabernet Sauvignon imparting subtle pencil lead notes, blackberry and briar, almost understated at first but gaining vigor with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity and just the right amount of sapidity. There is unerring symmetry about this Figeac, which is extremely focused yet unconcerned about showing off. There is lovely piquancy on the finish. Unequivocally one the finest Right Bank wines in 2021. Frédéric Faye continues to guide Figeac to the pinnacle of the appellation. (13.0% alcohol). 2027-2060.

(94-97) points, William Kelley,
One of the highlights of the vintage on the Right Bank, the 2021 Figeac is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc and 29% Merlot, and the fruit of a harvest that lasted a full month, from September 21 to October 19, with each parcel picked at optimal maturity. Offering up aromas of blackberries, cassis, rose petals, violets, cigar wrapper and sweet soil tones, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless, its velvety attack segueing into a deep, layered core of beautifully vibrant fruit, concluding with a long, saline finish. The first vintage vinified in Figeac's new winery, it's a resounding success for administrator Frédéric Faye and his team.
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