Very youthful and I would imagine will improve; and yet there was something ordinary about this bottle. Ripe currant/plum fruit, maybe a touch of some redder fruit, tobacco, and a sense of minerality; but a touch short, with very drying tannin. Falls a bit between two stools; more structured and ripe than the "luncheon claret" style but shorter / less generous than a more modern bordeaux.
chez Bruce, 1st growth, Saint emilion. Offered blind. Equally as good as previous bottles, and consistently showing well over the last two years. dark fruits, tobacco, strong mocha and spices. long finish. youthful.
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(Figeac) The 1998 had a nutty and chocolaty nose, toasty and with a kiss of caramel. The palate was round, smooth and tasty, similar to the 2001 in its tender softness, but possessing more green earth flavors. Dusty, ceramic and olive twists were on its finish. Ninety-three seemed to be the magic number so far on this evening
(Chateau Figeac St Emilion) Situated on gravel close to Pomerol, hence an encépagement different to the other estates; Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%. Lower yields this year, 31 hl/ha. A fairly dense colour here. A superbly full nose. Dark roasted plums, and a fabulous perfume. Some oak too. Elegance and style are plainly evident on the palate. There is not quite the plumpness and the velvet texture of the other wines - because the blend here is heavy on Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, with less Merlot, I suspect. But there is body, balanced tannin and acids, and good concentration. Black fruits and a violet perfume. And a good length. One of the best wines here.