Profile of Château Figeac

Château Figeac is a regal landmark property in Bordeaux, and one of our favorite estates to send our special guests to. The quality of its wines and the beauty of the magnificent Château are both legendary. St-Emilion could not want for a better ambassador for the region, the Manoncourt family and their ancestors have been producing wine on this site since the 19th century and today continue to extol the virtues of this idyllic wine paradise.

The property has a very long and distinguished history, far longer than of its cousins in the Médoc region of Bordeaux. Indeed, historical research has shown that a Gallo-Roman Villa stood where the Château lies today, built by the ruler Figeacus. Fast forward a few centuries, and the site was occupied in medieval times, by the Lescours family who owned the rights to this land. Figeac then came under the control of De Cazes family in the 15th century, who replaced the medieval structure with a Renaissance style Château at the end of the 16th century. However, Figeac’s modern day history begins with the then well-known Vital Carles family, who built the Château we see today in the 17th century. Prior to the French Revolution, the Vital Carles were extremely successful at marketing the wine to the British Merchants, and Figeac found great favor across Northern Europe in the 18th century. The estate grew significantly under their stewardship, reaching 200 hectares in its heyday.

Sadly, during the 19th century, the estate was broken up to pay for the spiraling debts of the Countess de Carle-Trajet, whose neglect combined with the tough economic conditions meant that significant portions of the vineyards were sold to other estates. Interestingly, parts of the legendary property Cheval Blanc were formerly part of the Figeac vineyards. The property languished in obscurity until the Manoncourt’s ancestors acquired Figeac itself in 1982. When Thierry Manoncourt inherited the property in 1947, he set Figeac back on track to produce splendid wines from some of the region’s most remarkable vineyards. Sadly, Thierry died in 2010 but his hard work is continued today by his daughter and passionate son-in-law Comte Eric d’Aramon.

This Saint Emilion wine estate has been producing splendid wines since the 1950s and has a fairly flawless record of consistency and excellence. Any indifference to Figeac’s wines tends to quickly fade away when given the privilege of tasting their old vintages – complex, sumptuous, rich and long. The estate itself must be one of the most beautiful and inviting of St-Emilion, imagine a stately and pristine Château attached to a large park, the grounds alone are worth a visit.

Wines produced

  • Château Figeac (Grand Vin)

    35% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot. Premier vineyards planted on primarily gravel soils. The first wine of the property. The wines are fermented in wooden and steel vats and aged for 18-20 months in 100% new French oak. A wine of great finesse, capable of ageing for decades.

  • La Grange Neuve De Figeac

    35% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot. The second wine of the property. The wines are fermented in wooden and steel vats and aged for 18-20 months in one year old French oak. Approachable from a younger age than the Grand Vin.

Winery details

Château Figeac

Saint-Emilion
33330 Bordeaux
France
Tel +33 (0) 557 247 226
Fax +33 (0) 557 744 574

Appellation
AOC Saint Emilion / Premier grand cru classe (B)
Founded
1852
Area under vine
40 hectares
Age of vines
40 years+
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Count Eric d'Aramon
Owner
Manoncourt family
Production
120,000 bottles per annum
Grape varietals
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

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