"This is a simply stunning, seemingly effortless, beautifully harmonious expression of the vineyard and the vintage - bravo!"
98-100 POINTS - LISA PERROTTI-BROWN (on 2019 Chateau Figeac)
Today sees two of the biggest releases from the Right Bank of Bordeaux in the 2019 vintage. Pomerol’s Chateau La Conseillante and Saint-Emilion’s Grand Cru Classe “B” - Chateau Figeac. Both wines are a huge success in 2019, garnering a fantastic reception from all the critics who have tasted them. For Jeff Leve, Chateau La Conseillante was one of just seven wines he awarded a potentially perfect 100 points in the 2019 vintage. For Lisa Perrotti-Brown (yet to release her review of La Conseillante) the Chateau Figeac is "simply stunning" and another potential 100 point wine.
What’s more, Chateau Figeac has been released at a 30% reduction compared to the 2018 release prices and Chateau La Conseillante has been released at a 24% reduction compared to the 2018 release prices, in line with the top reductions we have seen in this extraordinary En Primeur campaign.
These two completely different styled wines - Chateau La Conseillante is opulent and hedonistic, whilst Chateau Figeac - detailed and elegant, show the fascinating variety and spectrum of styles in 2019. Despite the differences, managing the heat and retaining freshness was the key to the success of all the top Right Bank wines in 2019. At La Conseillante this meant ploughing the vineyard to protect the roots from the heat, whilst retaining leaf coverage over the grapes to protect from any sunburn. The result was spectacularly homogenous ripeness to the Merlot whilst the Cabernet Franc in the assemblage brought the important freshness to the wine. This year they also replaced some of the oak barrels with amphoras during elevage to retain the juiciness of the vintage.
At Chateau Figeac they managed to retain freshness with a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend (36%). This Cabernet dominant wine, with an additional 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, has a remarkable ability to retain poise and precision in a warm vintage and the results are breathtaking. Both wines come highly recommended.
At a staggering 30% and 24% reduction respectively against the 2018 releases, this sensational pair of wines are not to be missed this En Primeur season.
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"Lilacs and violets permeate the air before finding bitter chocolate, forest leaf, truffle, black raspberry, plum liqueur and black cherry juice. This wine is drenched in enough velvet to be classified as heart stopping! In fact, when tasting this with Marielle Cazaux, the director, over Zoom, I accidentally blurted out, "Holy F..K!" Yes, this is that good. This is pure bottled decadence that hits all your pleasure buttons. If you are seeking a deal closer, this Dionysian wine is the right choice! This is in serious contention for one of the wines of the vintage. The wine is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5% alcohol with 3.67 pH and is aging in 70% new French oak barrels, although 3% of the harvest is aging in amphora. The harvest took place September 17-20 for Merlot and September 30-October 10 for the Cabernet Franc."
97-99 POINTS - JEFF LEVE
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"A higher amount of Cabernet Franc than usual in the blend, really get the Cabernet impact on the nose and on the attack, could easily say Left Bank with the liquorice root, menthol and leafy character. A rich creaminess comes in through the mid palate, with sappy raspberry fruits alongside salinity and minerality. The exuberance of a warm summer is there but it is well hidden under the precision of the tannic structure overall. An extremely impressive and signature Figeac. Juicy on the finish and oh so careful in its tannic delivery. 100% new oak. A yield of 34hl/ha, higher than 2018. 3.7pH. Drinking Window 2028 - 2046"
97 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER