2016 Chateau Figeac Saint-Emilion Premiere Grand Cru Classe B PRE-ARRIVAL

$209.95
WA98-100WE97-99

Here's the rare right bank wine that is more Cabernet Sauvignon than anything else, at 38%. It also sounds like a time capsule to put away for a very long time! A big wine, the 2016 exudes depth and power. Even so, the forbidding tannins are almost shockingly buried by the sheer intensity and purity of the fruit. Graphite, savory herbs, smoke, menthol, licorice and smoke are some of the many accents that infuse the huge finish. As good as the 2016 is today, it is clearly for readers who can afford to be patient, as it will likely be many years before the wine is ready to drink.”

NOTE: PRE-ARRIVAL OFFERING; WINE ARRIVES IN 2019

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Michel Rolland
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
18 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 100% new
Country of Origin:
France
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
St. Emilion Premiere Grand Cru Classe
Total Varietal Composition %:
38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc
Score Wine Advocate:
91
SKU #:
1WFIG16IR3
WA98-100

Wine Advocate

The 2016 Figeac is a blend of 36% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked from 23 September until 20 October at 49 hectoliters per hectare with 13.9% alcohol. The acidity is 3.67 pH, and it matured in 100% new oak (focused on five cooperages). This is a property that opened a new chapter in 2013, when Michel Rolland's services as a master blender have been called upon and engendered far greater harmony between the three grape varieties, now all singing from the same hymn sheet. It has a crisp blackberry nose, a little closed at first, opening nicely in the glass and offering raspberry coulis, pencil box and subtle mint aromas—classic Figeac in many ways. The palate is extraordinarily well balanced with a fine lattice of tannin sculpted to perfection. There is a slight edginess to this Figeac that I adore, the Cabernets very expressive, more so than the 2015, with graphite infusing every pore of the black fruit. This Figeac has an outstanding structure and a saline finish that beckons you back for another sip. The 2015 Figeac was stunning and the 2016 no less. Tasted on four separate occasions, and in the end, only one (banded) score became inevitable.

WE97-99

Wine Enthusiast

97–99. Barrel Sample. This aromatic wine is magnificent in its balance and richness. With its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), it is so typical of this estate. The tannins are velvety while packing a firm punch. Dark and concentrated, it is a great wine for long-term aging.