The first vintage that can have the new Premier Grand Cru Classé A on the label, and it's a confident showing straight out of the gate. Figeac: a name that shines brightly and echoes among lovers of fine Saint-Emilion wines all over the world blended 37% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon for the 2020 vintage. It is completely shut-down and silent at the beginning, requiring a vigorous swirl to release the delicious nuances.
But once the wine is coerced into showing its true colours, it murmurs like the most outstanding voice of its appellation, with exactly the right pitch and a touch of graphite to give it an edge; the energy infused with elegance becomes persistent, reflecting Figeac's desire to be enjoyed again and again. The true dimension of the wine appears with time, as notes of subtly spiced cedarwood offer the absolute quintessence of what a great wine is all about.
Wafting from the glass with aromas of blackberries and raspberries mingled with cigar wrapper, pencil shavings, licorice and black truffles, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a suave, harmonious profile, vibrant acids, and beautifully refined structuring tannins. This sapid, complex wine represents the essence of this great terroir. Two years after extensive soil studies of the estate were carried out, and the first growing season to see cover crops used in the vineyards year-round, the 2020 benefited from more coherently demarcated parcels and more precise élevage, which taken together help to account for its edge over the excellent 2019
100/100 Wine Advocate Robert Parker
99/100 Wine Enthusiast
98/100 James Suckling
It should start hitting its potential in 8-10 years, and will continue to develop for up to 30 years and flirt with perfection during maturity