A classic right bank year, this just jumps out of the glass with its singing black bramble fruits, lip-staining in their pleasure. A hail storm in July meant around 40% less yield than usual, but what is left behind is utterly delicious. You can hold onto this bottle for another few decades, or gulp it down now. The structure is juicy and ripe, with blackberries over smoked slate and supportive, fully-integrated tannins. It really shows how Figeac can hold back its charms until much later, rewarding those with patience to wait. One to smile over. (JA)
The 1998 Château Figeac is one of the greatest young vintages from this property in the last twenty-five years and the wine continues to show stunning potential. It is a far cry from ready to drink, but it is getting to that stage where it is awfully tempting to start opening bottles! The deep and stellar bouquet jumps from the glass in a sappy blend of black cherries, red plums, Cuban cigar wrapper, a great base of soil tones, chocolate, still a bit of Figeac’s youthful herb tones, toasty new oak and a topnote of St. Émilion nutskin. On the palate the wine is pure, full and sappy at the core, with excellent soil signature, ripe, seamless tannins and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. A gorgeous bottle of Figeac that still deserves at least a few more years in the cellar to really hit its apogee.
Full medium ruby. Rich, new-oaky nose of raspberry, cedar and coffee shows an almost liqueur-like sweetness. Dense, sweet and refined, with superb richness for Figeac. Still quite youthful. Finishes with huge but fine oak-influenced tannins and excellent persistence. (ST) 92+
Dark crimson. Pungent and particularly spicy - almost cinnamon - but transparent. Fresh. Tannins have subsided. (JR) 17.5/20
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