2016 Chateau Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

  • Double 99 Point Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
  • "Titanic Concentration, but It Still Remains So Incredibly Fresh & Poised" ~99 JS
  • 98 Point "Absolutely Remarkable" Vintage ~Vinous Media
  • TOP Quality Saint Emilion Grand Cru: 1er Grand Cru Clasé A
  • Winemaker Consultant, Michel Rolland
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About the Wine

Château-Figeac has always been acknowledged as one of the top Bordeaux wines with the best ageing potential.

Chateau Figeac isn't just any winery; it's a piece of Bordeaux's past. With roots tracing back to ancient times, this estate has stood the test of time, producing wines that honor centuries of craftsmanship.

Exploring the grounds of Chateau Figeac reveals a blend of ancient and modern. From Roman remnants to Renaissance architecture, every corner tells a story of the past, inviting visitors to experience Bordeaux's heritage firsthand.

Guided by Thierry Manoncourt's vision, Chateau Figeac embraces progress while staying true to tradition. With innovations like stainless steel fermentation vats and the introduction of second wines, the estate stands as a pioneer in modern winemaking.

After a period of evolution, Chateau Figeac is back and better than ever. Under Michel Rolland's guidance, the estate has reclaimed its Prime status.

Aging: in French oak barrels. 

Tasting NotesOn the nose, the wildly appealing Merlot notes of its youth give way to striking depth that is balm to the soul of all Cabernet lovers.Its aromas reflect the lightness of the soil, expressed in a highly subtle, ethereal bouquet in which notes of peony, infused fruit and graphite demonstrate bright vitality. The two-thirds of Cabernet in the blend quite literally sculpt the body, strengthening the grip from the mid-palate and rolling out a long, taut and vibrant backbone with very pure mineral notes on the finish. The whole is perfectly enfolded in lush, satin tannins in the style of the highest of high fashion. With time, the wine develops flavours of tobacco-leaf with hints of black truffle, while retaining incomparable freshness of fruit. A glimpse of perfection…


Incredibly deep and complex nose with a slew of black fruit, plus savory and bitter-chocolate notes woven subtly into the extraordinary tapestry of aromas. Titanic concentration, but it still remains so incredibly fresh and poised. Such a pure finish that goes on and on and on. Drinkable now, but best from 2024. ~99 James Suckling

This aromatic wine is magnificent in its balance and richness. With its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), it is so typical of this estate. The tannins are velvety while packing a firm punch. Dark and concentrated, it is a great wine for long-term aging.  ~97-99 Wine Enthusiast

Damson in colour and aromatics, this is reserved but not subdued at 6 years old, not yet ready to be drunk but showcasing already the ripe texture and layers of powerful blackcurrant pastille, blackberry and bilberry fruits. The minerality and salinity is striking also with touches of mandarin peel, cigar box, espresso, lemongrass even - pulses of fresher acidity that give poise and lift. Clearly exceptional, muscled and concentrated. 100% new oak. ~98 Jane Anson

Another brilliant wine from the genius of Frédéric Faye, the 2016 Château Figeac checks in as 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that spent 19 months in new French oak. Roughly 75% of the production made it into the grand vin. This deeply colored beauty is a legendary wine in the making and offers ultra-pure aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, smoke tobacco, dried herbs, chocolate, truffle, and graphite. Showing more violets notes with time in the glass, it builds incrementally on the palate, with flawless balance as well as incredible elegance, no hard edges, and a finish that won't quit. Readers will have a blast comparing the 2016 and 2015 vintages over the coming 3-4 decades and this estate is firing on all cylinders. This will most likely merit a triple-digit rating in 7-8 years and keep for 4 decades or more. ~98+ Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Figeac is composed of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 26% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it needs a lot of swirling to slowly coax out the powerful nose of creme de cassis, Morello cherries, and blueberry preserves, followed by hints of dried roses, clove oil, licorice, and dark chocolate with wafts of truffles and iron ore. The medium to full-bodied palate is a relative behemoth in terms of structure and intensity but not weight, delivering a rock-solid foundation of super-firm, super-ripe tannins and just enough freshness to support the dense, muscular fruit, finishing very long and with tons of earth and mineral sparks.  ~98 The Wine Independant

The 2016 Figeac has another dimension aromatically, compared to the previous vintage. A cornucopia of aromas, red and black fruit, cedar, pencil shavings, truffle and a subtle marine scent that becomes more prominent with aeration. The palate is framed by chiseled tannins, the acidity is finely tuned, the fruit shimmers with tension and nascent vivacity. You can’t help but swallow this Figeac, and so I must apologize to the spittoon. Pixelated from A-to-Z, it will be thrilling to watch this mature. Tasted at the château. ~98 Vinous

This is strikingly intense on the nose, with exquisite and perfumed blackcurrant fruit that is clear and pure. The attack is fresh and highly concentrated, though not to excess, and the sílky palate is marked by its zest, energy and great precision. The tannins are polished and the finish very long, with exemplary balance. A classic St-Emilion with a great future. ~97 Decanter

The 2016 Figeac is comprised of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is a little broody and reticent at this very youthful stage, slowly unfolding to reveal profound plum preserves, crème de cassis, black raspberries and star anise with hints of moss-covered bark, truffles and tilled loam plus a waft of red currants and raspberry leaves sparks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is practically quivering with energy, offering glimpses at tightly wound black fruit and mineral/ferrous layers, framed by very firm, ripe tannins and wonderful tension, finishing long with the spices coming through. This will need a good 7-8 years to come round and then should cellar for 40+ years. Very serious, beautifully poised and sophisticated personality this vintage.~97 Wine Advocate

A gutsy, fully endowed wine, brimming with dark currant, warm fig and steeped blackberry notes, as well as waves of smoldering tobacco and warm gravel. Features a serious bass line, but everything works together, while flecks of savory and iron dart in and out. ~96 Wine Spectator

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