The 1990 Figeac, poured at the chateau with the Manoncourt family, is similar to several recent bottles. This example retains those aromas of Earl Grey and truffle, perhaps not quite as vigorous as the previous example, yet it grows in the glass. The palate is well balanced, the bedrock of Cabernet imparting quite a Left Bank personality that deceives you into believing it comes from a cooler summer. Builds towards the finish, not as fine-tuned as recent vintages, yet it has presence and salinity on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040
Robert Parker 94
Tasted at the Chateau Figeac vertical at the property. The 1990 Figeac was drinking gloriously and this is perhaps the best bottle that I have tasted. It is noticeably deep in color, in fact, deeper and more lucid than many vintages from the 1980s. It reminds me of the Lafleur 1990 in some ways, with its very expressive Cabernet Franc that manifests black truffle and cigar ash scents. There is such clarity here. The palate is medium-bodied and full of degraded black, earthy fruit. There is weight and presence here, gently gripping the mouth with a long tobacco-tinged finish that is still very satisfying. There is something still "old school" about this Figeac, but it certainly would be my pick from this era. Tasted June 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035
Very deep crimson with some development. ?Mildly corked, according to Andy Blue. Pure, minerally, quite intense nose. Good, mouthfilling firm wine with confidence and a way to go. Tannins well covered but definitely there. Vigorous.
Anticipated maturity: 2004-2016