Ch Figeac 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2017
Figeac hit the headlines and catapulted itself into the vinous stratosphere with their spectacular 2015 and 2016. That pair of wines were always going to be a tough act to follow, even without the catastrophic effect of the frost which cut a swathe through the property affecting 70% of the vineyards.
But with a ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ attitude, the team at Figeac threw the kitchen sink at 2017, and have emerged victorious. Drones and precision viticulture were used to map the 25,000 plants, allowing them to distinguish when vines were ready for picking. This method saw the team of vendangeurs make up to three passes in certain parcels. As a result, the estate has made just under half the volume of Grand Vin compared to 2016. What they have made is magical.
This was a vintage for conviction, decision and action - the team should be very proud of what they have created in 2017. This is a wine of great length, harmony and class. A classic in the making!
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