Saint Émilion’s Jewel: Château Figeac’s Rise

Exterior view of Château Figeac’s new winery with grapevines in the foreground

Château Figeac was elevated to Saint Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ last year. Raymond Blake visited the estate recently and concurs with the widely held view that the recognition was long overdue

My wife and I like to think we have some nice bamboos growing in our back garden, tall and wavy and ever so slightly exotic. But if you want to see real bamboo — and in an unexpected location — take yourself to Château- Figeac in Saint Émilion. There, a veritable forest towers way above head height and sits snug amongst the famed vineyards, on land that could actually be planted with vines. Taking a walk through it with Blandine de Brier Manoncourt (co-manager with her sister and mother) last June remains one of the most memorable moments from a visit to the famed
château, which was promoted to Saint Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ last year. Many felt that this elevation to the top spot was well overdue, a sentiment with which I concur.

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