Chateau La Grave Figeac - Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2016
Château La Grave Figeac presents a deeply satisfying, classic St. Emilion.
Château La Grave Figeac converted to organic farming in 2009 under owner/winemaker Laurent Clauzel. Located at the border of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol on sandy clay and gravel soils over the limestone, it neighbors Cheval Blanc and Figeac in Saint-Emilion and La Conseillante in Pomerol. With an average vine age of 45 years, harvesting is done by hand and fermentations are with wild yeasts with no SO2 added until later. The commitment of M. Clauzel to organic agriculture has resulted in a dramatic increase in quality, beginning with the very pretty 2014 vintage.
The nose offers elegant aromas of black raspberry, cassis, violets, a touch of leather, and loamy soil. The mid-weight palate has good concentration and lift, with ripe black fruit character, and fine-grained tannins carrying over on a long, succulent, layered finish. This displays none of the roasted notes of the somewhat torrid vintage and is deeply satisfying, classic St. Emilion. Delicious now, or cellar 2027+.
65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc