Last year we shared a strong belief that in the upcoming 2022 St. Emilion reclassification Chateau Figeac would be promoted to the highest rank in the appellation, Grand Cru Classe A (it is currently Grand Cru Classe B). Since then the sentiment has only been reaffirmed as the Chateau has reached unprecedented heights under the guidance of the managing director Frederic Faye, indeed as noted by Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate, “The recent leaps and bounds in improvements that have occurred at this great estate, equating to a dramatic increase in intensity and complexity— without compromising the husky, soft-spoken, sultry voice that is Figeac — is a monumental achievement.”

Thus, it is expected that Chateau Figeac will soon reach the highest level of the St. Emilion hierarchy and will be classified as Grand Cru Classe A. Once it happens, we predict a minimum 50% price increase for Figeac’s grand vin, including previous vintages and we highly recommend this wine for investment as well as for collecting. Therefore we are absolutely thrilled to offer Chateau Figeac 2010 which possesses the same finesse and class as the other top wines from St. Emilion, but is still available at a much lower price, representing fantastic value for a Bordeaux of such level and pedigree:

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The wine has been stored in the Chateaus cellar since its release so the condition of each bottle is nothing less than perfect. As for the 2010 vintage in Bordeaux, it is widely recognised as legendary. Decanter magazine calls it the “modern classic”, with wines showing a fantastic balance between body, alcohol, tannin, fruit character and acidity. All of these features are present in Chateau Figeac 2010 and the critics have been raving about the beautiful ripeness paired with freshness, as well as an incredibly long finish. Neal Martin of Vinous admires “a youthful and exuberant bouquet with black cherries, boysenberry, cassis and violets that soar from the glass. There is no stopping the aromatics here. The palate is rich and sensual on the entry with precocious red fruit laced with blood orange and cedar.” Martin has awarded the 2010 Figeac with 97 points concluding: “This is a very classy 2010 Right Bank.” James Suckling reaffirms this characteristic granting this wine a score of 98 points: “Intense aromas of wet earth, leaves, sweet berries and cinnamon follow through to a full body, velvety and dense tannins and a long and flavourful finish.” As Figeac 2010 is just entering its drinking window, unlike many other Bordeaux buys, it can be enjoyed straight away, but the wine will also evolve beautifully for at least three decades, making it a wonderful addition to any collection.

Chateau Figeac has always been one of the finest St. Emilion wines, however due to several unfortunate vintages in the past, it missed out on being reclassified along with Pavie and Angelus to St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe A during the 2012 reclassification. Since then the owners took every single measure possible to achieve the desired rank, installing Frederic Faye as the Managing Director, who brought in Michel Rolland as a consultant. Since 2015 Chateau Figeac has outscored its peers and been a contender for wine of the vintage in three out of four vintages. The next classification of St. Emilion will take place in 2022 and Figeac is expected to join Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angelus and Pavie as a St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe A. It has the pedigree and has established itself historically as one of the oldest and most prestigious St. Emilion Estates. Figeac originates from an ancient estate which heralds from the second century, at which time a Gallo-Roman villa was built on the site; this was named Figeacus. The Romans were well known for selecting the most promising terroir to use for their sacred vines and this is certainly true with Figeac. The soil is bountiful in gravel, which explains its higher propensity to grow brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon. Today Chateau Figeac is the largest estate in St. Emilion with 40 hectares of vineyards spread across three hills, each of them representing a slightly different terroir which makes the wine fascinating to explore. As James Molesworth wrote for Wine Spectator, “A beautiful 99-acre vineyard with three rolling hills of sandy gravel of varying depths located just across the road from Cheval-Blanc, Figeac is capable of producing a wine of both power (as in 2009 and ’10) and gorgeous perfume (try the ’01 and ’04 now if you can).”