Bordeaux Primeurs 2022: Château Figeac
Wow! Château Figeac 2022 is a thrilling wine. The harvest was the earliest in one hundred years of ownership by the Manoncourt family. Director Fédéric Faye describes a growing season of considerable drought and early and long-lasting heat. This is, indeed, possibly the new normal for Bordeaux. Figeac is, nevertheless blessed with terrific terroir. While the famous gravel outcrops here are well-draining, the blue clay subsoil is water retentive. In addition, the vineyard teams did minimal soil work during the growing season, to preserve soil moisture, allowed inter-row plant cover, with no leaf removal and limited the topping of the vines as the season progressed. The early harvest was also taken with an eye to preserving the aromatic freshness and balance in the wines. The results are spectacular. Château Figeac 2022 must surely be one of the most exciting wines of this fascinating vintage. What a vintage to celebrate Figeac’s first year as a Premier Grand Cru Classé ‘A’. The only likely drawback I can see will be the release price [as yet unannounced]!