Address: Château Figeac 33330 Saint-Emilion France
Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 24 72 26
Visits: By appointment only
Details: 1er Grand Cru Classé B, Saint-Emilion, 40ha, gravel on flint/iron subsoil
Vineyards: Merlot Noir 30%, Cabernet Franc 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%
Château Figeac is remarkable for a couple things, and quite apart from the quality of its wine. A certain Figeacus built a villa for himself on the site in the 2nd century AD (hence the Château’s name) and it has known 500 years of ownership by the same family. By the late 18th century, it was a massive 200 hectares in size and had aquired a magnificent château in the grounds. Despite numerous land divisions and sales later, Figeac remains the largest estate in the commune. Today, Thierry Manoncourt and son-in-law Eric d’Aramon continue the family tradition. Interestingly, the wine’s proportion of grapes more resembles that of the Médoc than Saint-Emilion.