Château Figeac is a regal landmark property in Bordeaux and one of our favorite estates to send our special guests. The quality of its wines and the beauty of the magnificent Château are both legendary. The St-Emilion Appellation could not want 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 its cousins in the Médoc region of Bordeaux. 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 De Cazes family’s control 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. Before the French Revolution, the Vital Carles was 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.
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.
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- AOC Saint Emilion / Premier grand cru classe (B)
- Area under vine
- 40 hectares
- Age of vines
- 40 years+
- Oak barrel origin
- Count Eric d'Aramon
- Manoncourt family
- 120,000 bottles per annum
- Grape varietals
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc