The wine of Chateau Figeac went through a period of making wine not up to the quality of its terror over the past several decades. It can be argued that Figeac was not up to par since the great 1964. Following the reclassification of St. Emilion in 2013, when Figeac lobbied, but did not come close to receiving its much, sought after promotion to Grand Cru Classe A status, Figeac made steps to improve their wines, image and position on the marketplace.
The first step in the right direction was the hiring of the wine consultant, Michel Rolland and Jean Valmy Nicolas of Chateau La Conseillante. Bringing in Michel Rolland sparked controversy, as the wine of Chateau Figeac has a very traditional fan base. Having tasted the 2012, and 2013 where Michel Rolland assisted in the blending, the wine is better. It is especially noticeable in the mid palate, density and texture. The next decision was to retire the previous director, who managed Chateau Figeac for 25 years, Eric d’Aramon. d’Aramon was replaced by Frederic Faye at the behest of Madame Manoncourt. Once Frederic Faye was in place, he made a few, important changes. In the barrel cellars, he installed new temperature controlled units with ventilation. The following year the chateau modernized their cellars, removed their older pumps and started moving everything by gravity flow. His next efforts were in the vineyards, with additional planting of Cabernet Sauvignon vines that were hoped would be a better fit for the gravel soils.
Chateau Figeac is a unique vineyard with equally unique percentages of grape varietal plantings in the Right Bank. The vineyard of Chateau Figeac is planted to 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. It is the goal of Chateau Figeac to continue increasing the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the gravel parcels until they are close to 40% of the vineyard blend. The vineyards are divided into seperate parcels. The average vine density in the vineyards of Chateau Figeac are 6,000 vines per hectare. They have old vines. In fact, the oldest vines belonging to Chateau Figeac are now close to 100 years of age! On average, they are 45 years of age. Interestingly, many of the estates oldest vines were personally planted by Thierry Manoncourt with some help from Madame Manoncourt.
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