The 1982 Figeac out of magnum is an opulent and utterly exuberant wine that takes a good hour in decanter to calm down and show its underlying structure and complexity- before that it just exudes opulent and creamy fruit and chocolaty tones. Eventually the wine offers up a stunning bouquet of black cherries, menthol, woodsmoke, St. Émilion nuttiness, a lovely base of soil, chocolate and a fine framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite opulent for a nearly thirty year-old Figeac, with a plush core of fruit, moderate tannins and absolutely great length and grip on the opulent and very complex finish. This is a beautiful vintage for Figeac that is only going to get better with further bottle age.(served from magnum) (Drink between 2011-2040) 94+
This is a wine that has been maligned over the years by a number of critics but I could never understand why. Perhaps there is a some bottle inconsistency? I drank a bottle last week in Shanghai at Fook Lam Moon restaurant with some friends and my girlfriend and it was wonderful, with dark chocolate, mushrooms and black truffle character that turned to dried fruits such as light prunes. It's full-bodied with amazing decadent fruit and a dense palate. Soft textured, long and delicious. So rich and gorgeous. Drink or hold. It was excellent with the roasted chicken done in a Peking duck style.
A big and velvety red. Dark garnet color, with a black center and an amber edge. Cherry, dark chocolate and earth. Full-bodied and very velvety, with tobacco, chocolate and berry flavors. Good tannin structure. (JS)
Medium red with an amber edge. Highly nuanced nose combines red- and blackcurrant, mocha, dried herbs, olive, truffle and underbrush. Very dense and sweet, but with terrific penetration and verve thanks to firm, harmonious acidity. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins and superb length. This bottle came across as young and still evolving. Drink now through 2020. 92+ (ST)
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