BORDEAUX - Château La Croix Figeac 2012 - Saint Emilion

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BORDEAUX - Château La Croix Figeac 2012 - Saint Emilion





Blend : 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc.

Terroir : Well drained, sandy alluvium with a gravel and clay-limestone layer which retains heat well.
Vinification: After the harvest, pre-fermentation takes place just before the vatting.  After fermentation, the wine ages in partially new barrels for 12-16 months.  Fining, no filtration.

Tasting notes : This has a fleshy feel, with dark plum and steeped currant fruit rolling along, while substantial but velvety tannins cruise underneath. Ample ganache and Black Forest cake details show on the finish, but a good tug of graphite keeps this honest.

History : Located on the limestone plateaus near Figeac and Cheval Blanc, Château Croix Figeac is owned by Jean Dutruilh, former skiing champion turned winemaker, and his father.  It is an ancient estate in Saint-Emilion which was somewhat disassembled during its history, but was able to retain excellent plots, including Lamarzelle, adjacent to the prestigious Chateau Figeac.  The aim of the estate is to produce well-balanced and elegant wines using organic viticulture.

The vines have a southern exposure and have an average age of 35 years; production is deliberately limited in order to ensure quality worthy of a grand Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Harvest is manually done.

Wine Spectator : 90 /100 PTS