“The name Figeac has 2,000 years of history,” says Hortense Idoine-Manoncourt, president of Château-Figeac, in Bordeaux. “It’s Gallo-Roman. It’s quite unique.”
Unique is exactly the right word for this Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion estate because, despite being on the Right Bank where merlot predominates in the average blend, Figeac uses equal parts cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc (in most years).
“Merlot is round, nice and charming; the cabernet sauvignon gives the structure, the elegance and the freshness, which is really typical at Figeac; and the cabernet franc gives a lovely aroma and some complexity.”
Add to that the gravel topsoil profile, which is similar to Médoc, and the wine starts to look more like a Left Bank than Right Bank (on paper at least). What’s in the glass, however, couldn’t be further from that estimation, and this makes the wines from Château-Figeac (available at Airoldi Fine Wines) well worth seeking out.
Image courtesy of Château-Figeac