Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. The 1990 Figeac was drinking gloriously and this is perhaps the best bottle that I have tasted. It is noticeably deep in color, in fact, deeper and more lucid than many vintages from the 1980s. It reminds me of the Lafleur 1990 in some ways, with its very expressive Cabernet Franc that manifests black truffle and cigar ash scents. There is such clarity here. The palate is medium-bodied and full of degraded black, earthy fruit. There is weight and presence here, gently gripping the mouth with a long tobacco-tinged finish that is still very satisfying. There is something still 'old school' about this Figeac, but it certainly would be my pick from this era. Tasted June 2015. (NM)
1990 was a warm year, and you get clear indications of a ripe harvest with the abundant flavours of figs and damsons, with soft, integrated woodsmoke. Liquorice and cedar run through the palate. I love their handling of oak here, where the benefits of the 100% new barrels and the structure of the Cabernets come into their own in this tertiary phase. This is a lovely wine to slow down with, to take a breath and remember old friends. The second bottle was not so good by the way - expect some variation at this stage in its life. (JA)
Full red. Initially cool aromas of cherry, blackberry, minerals, iron and menthol; an initial musty note dissipated with aeration. Sweet, supple and layered, with a deeply spicy Cabernet component. Lovely ripe acids give clarity to the very rich flavors. Finishes with superb firmness and persistence. An excellent vintage for Figeac. (ST)
Ruby color. Interesting aromas of plums, leaves and berries. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a ripe fruit and chocolate aftertaste. Rich and chunky Figeac.
A really lovely wine with oodles of charm and interest. Some orange at the rim – very slight. Sweet and welcoming on the nose with the merest hint of dried fruit but completely luscious on the palate. Really very rich and competent and complete. Fills the palate completely. Meaty. Long and fresh on the end. Health juice. 19/20 points. (JR)
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