The 2012 Figeac is super-expressive. Dense and fleshy in the glass – yet with gorgeous aromatic lift – the 2012 is impeccable in its overall balance. Dark red plum, cherry pit, cloves, leather, sage and licorice are all laced into the inviting finish. Within the context of the year, the Figeac has a fair amount of structure, so it is best cellared for at least a few years. There is a lot to like here. Michel Rolland blended the 2012 and took over the consulting at Figeac in full beginning with the 2013 harvest.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2037
Robert Parker 93
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The 2012 Figeac put in a marvelous showing under strict blind conditions and it has clearly blossomed in bottle. It has an immediately engaging bouquet with vivid blackberry and raspberry fruit, wonderful mineralité and fine delineation. This is very composed, with a touch of graphite that almost takes you towards Pauillac rather than Saint Emilion. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, harmonious and lively with commendable precision towards the finish. This is a sophisticated and well-crafted Figeac that appears to be on an upward trajectory. Tasted January 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045
40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc. Bright crimson. Less punch than 2011 but purer and more precise. Creamy, blueberry and dark-fruit aromas. Palate supple and svelte with a touch of sweetness and light but refined tannins. Comfortable rather than complex. More for immediate pleasure. (JL)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2028