2005 - Ch La Tour Figeac Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06A5TFIG _ 2005 - Ch La Tour Figeac Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château de la Tour Figeac
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2015 - 2027
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 CH LA TOUR FIGEAC GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château de la Tour Figeac
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2015 - 2027
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,172.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2006,
    Score: 90-92

    Savoury and meaty on the nose, it has excellent fruit concentration and velvety tannins on the palate. Very expressive for such a young wine - no doubt a result of Derenoncourt's "Midas" touch.Drink 2011 - 2022.

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, June 2015,
    Score: 94

    The 2005 La Tour Figeac is a stunner of a wine from proprietor Otto Rettenmaier. (The wife of Stéphane Derenoncourt is the consulting winemaker). The estate, which sits on the Pomerol border on what is called the Graves of St.-Emilion, has produced a wine dominated by Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc. Absolutely extraordinary and one of their great successes, this 2005 is a sleeper of the vintage. Opaque purple, it possesses a beautiful nose of licorice, forest floor, blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied and opulent, with sweet tannin, it is approachable, but with considerable upside still remaining. This wine should continue to drink well for another 15 or more years.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 91

    This sexy, seductive St.-Emilion is a combination of primarily Merlot and small amounts of Cabernet Franc. Well-integrated acidity, sweet, velvety tannin, and a gorgeous bouquet of black fruits, earth, roasted herbs, cedar, and fruitcake make for a sensual, endearing wine. In the mouth, the silky texture, full body, and chocolate, black cherry, and licorice-infused blackberry flavors add additional opulence and voluptuousness to this beautifully pure, expansively flavored effort. Consume this sleeper of the vintage now and over the next 12 years. Drink: 2008 - 2020.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 91-94

    The 2005 is the finest La Tour Figeac I have ever tasted, primarily because of the consulting winemaker, Stephane Derenoncourt, whose wife, Christine, is director of this estate. Produced from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare and a final blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this cuvee achieved a natural alcohol of 14.4%. The purity, richness, extraordinary texture, and notes of blueberries, blackberries, cassis, licorice, pain grille, and white chocolate are as seductive as one could want. In the mouth, there is uncommon texture, opulence, and length. This is a beautifully pure, full-throttle offering from a bio-dynamically farmed vineyard. Don't miss it asthe price is relatively low for the quality level. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2024.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 90-92

    A strong effort from this estate, La Tour Figeacs 2005 reveals low acidity (unusual for this vintage) as well as sweet black cherry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of pain grille and herbs. It is opulent, fat, fleshy, and hedonistic. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years. Drink: 2006 - 2018.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
    Score: 16

    Slightly dull dark purplish crimson. Rather sweet, candied simple aromas with some underripe notes, too. Worthy, and certainly expresses the vintage (it has ripe fruit, dry tannins and sufficient acidity) but lacks a little lift and aromatic interest. Worthy. A bit stolid. Drink 2013-22.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 89-91

    A fruity wine with licorice and berry character. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fresh finish.

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Producer

Château de la Tour Figeac

Like its Médoc cousin (in name alone), Chateau La Tour Figeac in St Emilion was named after a now ghost tower which had dwelled on the premises. The renowned Stéphane Derenoncourt is their consulting oenologist who has helped contribute to this property's reputation - and growing fan base.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.