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Figeac

Figeac - Lobenbergs Gute Weine

Chateau Figeac ist ein wunderschöner Landsitz auf dem Kiesplateau des Saint Emilion mit 40 Hektar Rebfläche schräg gegenüber von Cheval Blanc. Die Nähe zu Cheval Blanc findet sich - vor allem in großen Jahren - durchaus auch im Wein wieder. Der leider 2010 verstorbene ehemalige Besitzer Thierry Manoncourt war selbst gar der Ansicht, sein Wein sei der feinste der...

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Chateau Figeac ist ein wunderschöner Landsitz auf dem Kiesplateau des Saint Emilion mit 40 Hektar Rebfläche schräg gegenüber von Cheval Blanc. Die Nähe zu Cheval Blanc findet sich - vor allem in großen Jahren - durchaus auch im Wein wieder. Der leider 2010 verstorbene ehemalige Besitzer Thierry Manoncourt war selbst gar der Ansicht, sein Wein sei der feinste der Appellation. Auf jeden Fall sind sie vollfruchtig, charmant und harmonisch, in der Jugend schon gefällig und in der Regel bereits früh trinkreif.

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  1. Chateau Figeac 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.B (002255)

    Chateau Figeac 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.B  - Lobenbergs Gute Weine
    Figeac, 2009, 0,75 l
    Lobenberg 97-100, WS 97-100, Gabriel 19, Gerstl 19
    17088H Frankreich - Bordeaux - Saint Emilion
    210,00 €
    rot
    €/l 280,00
    inkl. 19% MwSt., zzgl. Versandkosten
    Lobenberg: Sattes Rubinrot mit schwarz. Ungeheuer intensiv duftige ... [mehr]
  2. Chateau Figeac 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.B (002256)

    Chateau Figeac 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.B  - Lobenbergs Gute Weine
    Figeac, 2009, 1,50 l
    Lobenberg 97-100, WS 97-100, Gabriel 19, Gerstl 19
    17057H Frankreich - Bordeaux - Saint Emilion
    425,00 €
    rot
    €/l 283,33
    inkl. 19% MwSt., zzgl. Versandkosten
    Lobenberg: Sattes Rubinrot mit schwarz. Ungeheuer intensiv duftige ... [mehr]

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Harvest 2015

Andrew Black: After 12 years at Figeac, how highly do you rate this year’s vintage? Some producers are comparing i t to 2005...

Frédéric Faye: There are some similarities in the vi ne cycle, but in my view the wine will be very differe nt....

Andrew Black: After 12 years at Figeac, how highly do you rate this year’s vintage? Some producers are comparing i t to 2005...

Frédéric Faye: There are some similarities in the vi ne cycle, but in my view the wine will be very differe nt. In winemaking terms we’ve moved on quite a bit since that time, and I think 2015 will be better.

Andrew Black: As good as 2009 or 2010?

Frédéric Faye: It won’t be a 2009 either. The CAndrew Black:ern ets are in much better condition this year than in 2009 . Perhaps 2010, but that was a small crop. From a vin e cycle point of view, 2015 was trickier than 09 and 10. We had a big threat of downy mildew this year. The vegetation was rampant at one stage. The vines went from the flowering to the “small peas” stage in five days. I’d never seen that before. There was a massi ve amount of work to do on the vine canopy.

Andrew Black: The parameters appear to be very good, but the p otential alcoholic degree is creeping up. Is that impacting on your harvesting dates?

Frédéric Faye: We’re just starting to get the result s of the first batches. The Merlot that has come in is at 13.8°. The rain we got last week has perha ps helped to keep down alcohol levels. We certainly shouldn’t be stressing Andrew Black:out that, and th ere’s no need to rush. With two thirds of CAndrew Black:ernet at Figeac, high potential alcohol is not a worry at all.

Andrew Black: Do you believe, as some growers do, that the tan nins need time to ripen and that some properties have started too soon?

Frédéric Faye: I don’t know exactly what’s happening elsewhere, but at Figeac there’s a gap between sugar ripeness and tannin ripeness. The ski ns and pips are a bit behind. That’s another example of how 2015 is different from 2009. We need to be patient.

Andrew Black: What Andrew Black:out acidity levels? You don’t want to los e freshness at the expense of tannin ripeness...

Frédéric Faye: That’s not an issue. What concerned p eople a couple of weeks ago was that the hot dry wind was starting to cause evaporation. Rain th en came and kick-started the vegetation again, which has pushed up acidity levels.

Andrew Black: When did you start the Merlot picking?

Frédéric Faye: Yesterday (22 nd September).

Andrew Black: Will you be picking in the usual order of Merlot , CAndrew Black:ernet Franc and CAndrew Black:ernet Sauvignon? Some right bank growers have said that unusually so me of their CAndrew Black:ernet is riper than one or two plots of their Merlot in 2015.

Frédéric Faye: I’ve heard the same thing. It’s proba bly a question of terroir, but it almost certainly won’t be the case at Figeac. We’ll be harvesting in the usual order.

Andrew Black: The rain you mentioned has proved to be benefici al for the vines. Weren’t you worried Andrew Black:out botrytis setting in?

Frédéric Faye: There’s no botrytis at all. The bunch es are healthy, and what’s more the ripeness is homogeneous. There’s not much sorting to do. The on ly concern is keeping the birds out of the vineyard!

Andrew Black: Is the crop size what you wanted?

Frédéric Faye: It’s normal.

Andrew Black: Another good year for Figeac then?

Frédéric Faye: Yesterday, we had Michel Rolland with us, alongside Jean Cordeau, our viticulture advisor, who has witnessed many a vintage, and he s aid that this crop reminded him of 1975. I wasn’t born then but the Manoncourts have told me h ow 1975 came on the back of 3 poor vintages (72, 73 and 74). And when in 1975 a super b crop came along, growers couldn’t wait to bring in those delicious grapes. The result was tha t everyone harvested too early. When you taste the 1975 today, it’s still good, but it lacks a bit of concentration and ripeness. So we have to avoid making that mistake in 2015.

Andrew Black: Perhaps in 1975, there was an economic pressure on growers and they played safe. Today, you are in a more comfortAndrew Black:le position...

Frédéric Faye: But we mustn’t go to the other extrem e either. We have to find the right balance.

Andrew Black: Do you feel that one of your three varieties wil l perform better than the others in 2015?

Frédéric Faye: It’s looking good for CAndrew Black:ernet Sauvig non. It does well in dry years. It still has a way to go before it reaches full ripeness. We’re on the home straight, and hopefully 2015 will be a great CAndrew Black:ernet Sauvignon year at Figeac.

Andrew Black: And the CAndrew Black:ernet Franc?

Frédéric Faye: Well be finishing the Merlot next wee k, then we’ll move calmly on to the CAndrew Black:ernet Franc. The anticyclone is on its way, which will be great for the CAndrew Black:ernets. We’ll see!

Andrew Black: By having all that CAndrew Black:ernet in the vineyard, Fig eac is well prepared for any global warming...

Frédéric Faye: Yes, but our Merlot will remain impor tant.

Andrew Black: Perhaps we’ll see more CAndrew Black:ernet Sauvignon plante d on the right bank in the future?

Frédéric Faye: Possibly. But not in clay soils. It n eeds gravel terroir such as we have here.

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