St-Emilion 1GCC & GCC 2010: panel tasting results
extraction and alcohols in many examples, which masked their vineyard character. Nevertheless, two wines were awarded Outstanding and 17 wines Highly Recommended - see all 19 St Emilion 2010s here...
Château Figeac, 1GCC
Decanter average score:18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Stephen Brook 18.5 James Lawther MW 18.5 Steven Spurrier 18.5
The tasting reinforces the opinion of the technical team at Figeac that 2010 is the greatest vintage produced at the estate in the past 30 years. ‘It’s a reference in terms of quality, finesse and balance,’ says technical director Frédéric Faye. The wine was produced from the classic blend of a third each Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, with all three varieties achieving optimum maturity. In this respect the vintage conditions played a major part but following a soil study of the vineyard the harvest was also conducted in a more detailed fashion, individual parcels dissected and picked according to maturity.
Stephen Brook Firm and rich blackberry nose, quite perfumed. Rich, sleek and silky, with fine concentration and svelte tannins. Firm but not extracted, with enough acidity to make the wine shapely. Spicy and very long.
James Lawther MW Dark and concentrated with supple, juicy fruit. Plush and smooth on the palate. Full and dense, but balanced.
Steven Spurrier Striking nose that is both extracted and fragrant, with lots of black fruits and lots of flesh, vigour and freshness – even the tannins are fresh. Really good length, and Cabernet Franc is to the fore.
Price £152–£227 widely available at leading Bordeaux merchants