Eric d’Aramon commented on the 2000 Figeac that if he had it to do all over again, he might have waited just a few days longer before starting to pick at the estate. This vintage shows a bit of youthful bell pepper and fresh herb tones of old school claret, and to my palate, I see nothing amiss with the youthful aromatic and flavor profiles of this very deep, pure and soil-driven Figeac. The complex and utterly classic nose jumps from the glass in a superb mélange of cherries, raw cocoa, fresh herb tones, just a touch of youthful bell pepper, beautifully transparent, gravelly soil tones, a bit of menthol, nutskins and new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very reserved at the present time, with a wonderfully sappy core of fruit, ripe tannins, tangy acids and stunning length and grip. This is still very young, but I have absolutely no reservations that in the fullness of time this will be a stunning vintage of Figeac. Drink between 2022-2100.
Spices, herbs, plums, and meat on the nose. Full and round, with soft tannins and a beautiful finish. Chocolate and fruit everywhere. Give this another two or three years. Pull the cork in 2013.
Overt rosemary, bay and tobacco notes lead the way, backed by dark fig and steeped black currant fruit flavors at the core. The finish is loamy-edged, with a serious tug of earth. There's nice flesh and density here, though I like where this is now, rather than wanting to wait too much longer. (JM, Web Only-2016)
It is some years since I last tasted the 2000 Figeac. There is a valid argument that it is being eclipsed by the 2001, but it is still a fine Saint Emilion. The nose is clean and fresh with strong graphite aromas, very Left Bank in style with black truffle and smoky notes developing. The palate is masculine and rather austere at first, though I notice that it gains fleshiness in the glass. (NM)
Full ruby-red. Wild, expressive aromas of black raspberry, cedar, lead pencil, mocha, coffee and animal fur. Fat, silky and lush yet dry; a thick, round Figeac with impressive volume. Even the Merlot in 2000 showed solid structure. Like the 2001, this shows an intriguing burnt note. Finishes with big but suave tannins and lingering notes of cherry, chocolate and black olive. The richest of these three vintages by a wide margin. (ST)
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