The Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard is a gorgeously rendered single vineyard Cabernet, intensely aromatic and polished on the palate.
In this offer, buy a dozen of Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Cabernet and we’ll upgrade one of those bottles to a Chateau Figeac 1er grand cru classe (B), St-Emilion 2017
The 2017 Figeac is outrageously beautiful. Rich, deep and ample, the 2017 soars out of the glass with vertical intensity and explosive power. The flavors are just pulsing with energy. Time in the glass brings out a captivating range of lavender, spice, mint and rose petal overtones. The 2017 Figeac is a towering achievement from Technical Director Frédéric Faye and his team. When Michel Rolland was appointed consulting winemaker some years back, many feared the personality of Figeac would be lost. It is impossible for an outsider to truly know how small or large the impact of a single person is, but Figeac has indisputably been one of the very finest wines of the Right Bank over these last few years. The 2017 is a real ""wow"" wine; don't miss it.
Blackberries and violets with lots of perfume. Some roses, too. Full body. Very structured for this vintage with tight, lightly chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Creamy texture. Excellent density in the center palate. Try after 2023.
Production was down by half this year—only producing 55,000 bottles. Made from 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Figeac gives up expressive notes of black cherries, plum preserves, black raspberries and kirsch, giving way to hints of dried leaves, cinnamon toast and warm cassis plus a waft of lavender. Medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful vibrancy with a refreshing line cutting through the crunchy black fruits and a firm, finely grained frame, finishing long and spicy.
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2010 Hickenbotham Cabernet Sauvignon is intensely scented of creme de cassis, blackberry preserves and plum compote with touches of menthol, cloves and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth with tons of black fruit, Chinese five spice and earth flavor layers supported by firm, finely grained tannins and lively acid, it finishes with great length. Drink it 2014 to 2024+.
94+ points, Wine Advocate (February 2013)