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."
- 97+ Punkte Robert Parkers WINE ADVOCATE, Lisa Perrotti-Brown: "The 2016 Figeac is comprised of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is a little broody and reticent at this very youthful stage, slowly unfolding to reveal profound plum preserves, crème de cassis, black raspberries and star anise with hints of moss-covered bark, truffles and tilled loam plus a waft of red currants and raspberry leaves sparks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is practically quivering with energy, offering glimpses at tightly wound black fruit and mineral/ferrous layers, framed by very firm, ripe tannins and wonderful tension, finishing long with the spices coming through. This will need a good 7-8 years to come round and then should cellar for 40+ years. Very serious, beautifully poised and sophisticated personality this vintage.
"There was a little more water stress in 2016 than in 2018," Frédéric Faye mentioned. "The cooler nights here helped us to avoid too much water stress this year. We are not de-leafing a lot now—just on one side to expose the grapes to the morning sun, but we do not de-leaf on the afternoon sun side, where it can get very hot." Figeac continues along its upward trajectory in terms of heights of greatness and consistency. Faye has adeptly managed to maintain the energy in the wines that is a signature of Figeac while revealing more layers, polishing the tannins and, ultimately, offering slightly more muscle to the fruit core. Once his considerable efforts in the vineyards really kick in and the new winery is completed, I am incredibly excited to see what the future holds for this historic, truly special place."
- 97-99 Punkte WINE ENTHUSIAST, Roger Voss: "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."
- 95-98 Punkte WINESPECTATOR, James Molesworth: "Tight and backward, with a wall of cocoa and loam out front, but the core of cassis and blackberry fruit is prodigious, and the mix of charcoal, tobacco and warm paving stone notes making up the finish cuts a seriously wide swath. This needs to be tamed by its élevage though."
- 100 Punkte VINOUS, Neal Martin: "The 2016 Figeac was bottled at the end of July 2018, since Frédéric Faye wanted to give the wine more time in barrel to develop more harmony. The stunning 24-carat bouquet rivets you to the spot with brilliant delineation and mineral-rich red fruit that articulates its terroir as well as any Right Bank you will find. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, perfect acidity, wonderfully integrated new oak and enormous depth toward the fresh, pencil-box- and cedar-infused finish. This is a classic Figeac, up there with the 1947 and 1949, both recently re-tasted and testifying to a wine that genuinely belongs among the elite Saint-Émilions. Faye believes it is the best Figeac he has ever made. He is correct."
- 98 Punkte FALSTAFF, Peter Moser: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Mit aromatischen Kräutern wie Pfefferminze und Kardamom unterlegte Brombeernote, ein Hauch von Cassis und Tabak, vom Cabernet klar markierter Duft. Engmaschig und straff, dunkle Frucht, angenehme Extraktsüße, reifes, tragendes Tannin, finessenreich und lange anhaltend, mineralisch-salziger Terroirtouch, ein neuer Meilenstein für dieses großartige Weingut."
- 98 Punkte DECANTER, Jane Anson: "A testament to the work being undertaken at Figeac in recent years, this has depth and intensity while retaining the smile of the fruit. Richness combines with gorgeous length and intensity, every bit as impressive as it was during en primeur. Touches of violet and a silky texture precede hugely precise slate walls that pull the fruit into place through the palate. It takes its time in the glass to fully open, only slowly revealing the black olives, pungent white pepper and rosemary aromatics. Bottled in late July. 100% new oak. Drinking Window 2024 – 2045"
- 18,5 Punkte JANCIS ROBINSON: "Mid blueish crimson. Fresh and nicely composed (unforced) on the nose. Rather cool and backward. Definitely not forcing itself on you but the fruit (and yeast?) seem rather wild in a good way. Really very fine and characterful – rather than made to a recipe."
- 19 Punkte RENE GABRIELS BORDEAUX TOTAL, Andre Kunz: "Kunz Fassprobe 17: (36% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49 hl/ha, 14% vol. Alkohol) Dichtes, elegantes, frisches, komplexes Bouquet, Johannisbeeren, Heidelbeeren, Brombeeren, Minze, Tabak, fein Kräuter, Korinthen. Fein cremiger, dichter, vielschichtiger Gaumen mit kräftiger, süsser, feiner Frucht, viel feinem Tannin, vielfältiger, dichter, frischer Aromatik, eleganter, konzentrierter, fein muskulöser Struktur, sehr langer, voller, duftiger Abgang mit vielen Rückaromen. (19/20). 2017, im November, René Gabriel: Granat-Blutrot mit rubinen Nuancen am Rand aussen. Das Bouquet ist bereits in dieser jungen Phase schon traumhaft. Viel Würze, Zimt, Süssholz, Lebkuchenaromen, dunkles Malz und eine Gemisch- aus Kräuter und Früchtetee, dezent süss im Ansatz. Im Gaumen weist er zwar massive Tannine auf, die sind aber sehr elegant mit dem Fruchtfleisch und der generellen Fülle vermischt. Ein samtener, klassischer Figeac, der das aktuelle Qualitätsmanagement auf höchster Ebene dokumentiert. Hier liegt vielleicht in seiner Genussphase die Maximalnote drin. (19/20)."- 98-100 Punkte JEB DUNNUCK (10/2018): "The 2016 Figeac is another legendary Figeac in the making and it’s certainly in the same realm as the otherworldly 2015. A blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, it has an ultra-classic profile with cassis, blackcurrant, violets, and tobacco. Deep, incredibly concentrated, layered, and seamless, with building tannin and a huge finish, it's going to need to be forgotten for a decade, but will unquestionably be a monumental wine."
- 98+ Punkte JEB DUNNUCK (2/2019): "Another brilliant wine from the genius of Frédéric Faye, the 2016 Château Figeac checks in as 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that spent 19 months in new French oak. Roughly 75% of the production made it into the grand vin. This deeply colored beauty is a legendary wine in the making and offers ultra-pure aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, smoke tobacco, dried herbs, chocolate, truffle, and graphite. Showing more violets notes with time in the glass, it builds incrementally on the palate, with flawless balance as well as incredible elegance, no hard edges, and a finish that won't quit. Readers will have a blast comparing the 2016 and 2015 vintages over the coming 3-4 decades and this estate is firing on all cylinders. This will most likely merit a triple-digit rating in 7-8 years and keep for 4 decades or more."
- 96-97 Punkte JAMES SUCKLING: "Splendid texture and finesse to this young Figeac with a pure silk texture. Full-bodied and ultra-fine. Lovely combination of fruit and freshness. The polish is gorgeous to this. Precision redefined. Pretty follow-up to the 2015."
- 19 Punkte VINUM: "Unglaublich verführerische Noten von roten und schwarzen Beeren, Gewürze; vollmundig, präzise gebaut, Klassetannin, immense Frische, Rasse, Tiefe und Länge."
|René Gabriel:||19 RG|
|Wine Enthusiast:||98 WE|
|James Suckling:||96 JS|
|Jancis Robinson:||18,5 JR|
|Parker Wine Advocate:||99 RPWA|
|Jeb Dunnuck:||99 JD|
|Klassifzierung:||Premier Grand Cru Classé B|
|Rebsorte(n):||Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc|
|% vol Alk:||14,0|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||CHATEAU de FIGEAC, F-33330 Saint-Emilion|
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