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To all Wine Exchangers,
Today, we’re offering an opportunity as well as a glimpse of the future. 

One of the objectives here at the Exchange is to advise our clients to the best of our ability which wines are good investments.  While we’re not licensed by the SEC (all joking aside) we have over the many years provided our clients Bordeaux wines that are and will be good investments down the road.  But wine is also a beverage that should be enjoyed and whether you look at it as an investment or just to drink, it’s good to know the juice you just bought has the potential to go up in price.  So on that note, today’s unique offer provides both.

In St. Emilion, as you may or may not know, the classification is different than it is in the Medoc.  There is Grand Cru Classe ‘A’ (Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Pavie, Angelus), Grand Cru Classe ‘B’ (Beausejour Duffau, Clos Fourtet , Canon, Etc…) and Grand Cru Classe (many).   Unlike the Medoc, this classification is updated every ten years and with the next classification in 2022, you can be sure the wine offered today will be in the Grand Cru Classe ‘A’ camp.

If you ask any of the top professionals in Bordeaux which estate they’d like to own, Chateau Figeac would be at the top of many lists.  Why?  Because it is one of the estates that is in “The Golden Triangle”. Other than the Cote (Pavie, Ausone), the triangle is the best terroir of the region. What makes this area so special is a gravel bed that runs from Cheval Blanc to Figeac, prime for growing Cabernet-based grapes, which is not the norm for the Right Bank.  When I once spoke to Christian Moeuix (Petrus, Dominus) about growing Cabernet Franc in St. Emilion, he said that only the Golden Triangle is the place to grow such grapes. 

So, over the last couple of years, proprietor Madame Manoncourt along with her daughters realized the gold mine they were sitting on and decided to invest heavily in the reconstruction of the estate and its winemaking facilities.  And as big as the estate is, it’s going to be quite the project but the early results from their investment have come in and they are, literally, perfection.
The 2016 Chateau Figeac is sublime!  I know no other words for such a great wine that is already one for the history books.  With its pedigreed style, Figeac epitomizes the elegance of the great wines of Bordeaux. The wine’s individual character is drawn from an outstanding, complex terroir, characterized by three Gunzian gravel outcrops. In 2016 it's composed of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot, its Cabernet majority one of its unique features.
 
On the palate, the Cabernet Sauvignon reveals lovely floral aromas in the first year then, as the wine ages, great structure on the palate. The Cabernet Franc brings lots of freshness in the tannins, and the Merlot contributes roundness and flesh. The attack on the palate is clean, the texture is silky, and the complexity elegant.

Neal Martin gave this wine the coveted 100 points and writes: The 2016 Figeac was bottled at the end of July 2018, since Frédéric Faye wanted to give the wine more time in barrel to develop more harmony. The stunning 24-carat bouquet rivets you to the spot with brilliant delineation and mineral-rich red fruit that articulates its terroir as well as any Right Bank you will find. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, perfect acidity, wonderfully integrated new oak and enormous depth toward the fresh, pencil-box- and cedar-infused finish. This is a classic Figeac, up there with the 1947 and 1949, both recently re-tasted and testifying to a wine that genuinely belongs among the elite Saint-Émilions. Faye believes it is the best Figeac he has ever made. He is correct. 

If you were one of our clients who bought Angelus or Pavie before the last Classification in 2012, you’ll happy to know that those wines now are selling for twice the price prior to the Classification.  But whether your objective is to drink this spectacular wine or collect it, you will never go wrong with this purchase… and you can take that to the bank!   
Figeac Saint Emilion 2016
100 Points!  The 2016 Figeac was bottled at the end of July 2018, since Frédéric Faye wanted to give the wine more time in barrel to develop more harmony. The stunning 24-carat bouquet rivets you to the spot with brilliant delineation and mineral-rich red fruit that articulates its terroir as well as any Right Bank you will find. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, perfect acidity, wonderfully integrated new oak and enormous depth toward the fresh, pencil-box- and cedar-infused finish. This is a classic Figeac, up there with the 1947 and 1949, both recently re-tasted and testifying to a wine that genuinely belongs among the elite Saint-Émilions. Faye believes it is the best Figeac he has ever made. He is correct. - Neal Martin, Vinous Media
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