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2009 Chateau La Tour Figeac
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- Cellar 8 - 10 years (2021-2023)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
Biodynamics and Bordeaux are not mutually exclusive, with some prestigious estates like Pontet Canet in Pauillac, following Burgundy's lead and heading towards certification. On the right bank, La Tour Figeac is a St Emilion Grand Cru Classe that was once part of the Figeac estate. Owned by a German family, biodynamy was a natural and logical progression that happened in the mid-nineties, when Otto Rettenmaier took on the management. He brought in no less than Francois Bouchet, Burgundy's foremost consultant on the subject, to work alongside 'Right Bank Whizz Kids', winemakers, Stephane and Christine Derenoncourt. Since 1997, the 14.5 Ha of Merlot and Cabernet Franc have been fully worked under biodynamic principles to achieve Otto Rettenmaier's rendition of pure, polished Saint Emilion. This is a first class example.
A blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet. Superb opaque black crimson colour with very deep dark crimson red black hue showing excellent colour saturation. The nose offers up perfumed aromas of cedary blackcurrant intermixed with a touch of violet followed by some earth and spice. Full bodied the palate possesses an abundance of perfectly ripened blackcurrant fruit that swamps the palate followed by dark mulberry, cedar, earthy cigar box and spice. Dryish finish with solid firmish tannins that are well concealed by the superb fruit richness. Outstanding depth with long ripe blackcurrant, cedar, cigar box and spice aftertaste.
Cellar 8-10 years (2021-2023).
"The finest wine yet made by this estate... It exhibits copious aromas of blueberries, raspberries, asphalt, truffles, charcoal and a hint of graphite. Fullbodied and powerful with low acidity, excellent freshness and precision, and deep, glycerin-imbued, high octane flavors, the vintage’s tell-tale voluptuousness and opulence are nicely wedded to a sense of freshness and delineation. Drink this beautiful St.-Emilion over the next two decades."
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate Feb 2012
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