The Château Figeac is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars of the Saint-Émilion vineyard. The first traces of the vineyard property date back to the Gallo-Roman period in the 2nd century, when it included a villa that belonged to the Figeacus family. The Domaine was burnt down in 1586 during the religious wars, then rebuilt as we know it today. It was in 1892 that Château Figeac passed into the hands of the Manoncourt family, who are still in charge today.
The property owes its spectacular growth and influence to Thierry Manoncourt (1917-2010), a visionary and forward-thinking agricultural engineer. Today his wife Marie-France, accompanied by his two daughters Hortense and Blandine, who continues to perpetuate "the Figeac spirit" through the production of great wines renowned worldwide for their finesse and purity, while maintaining a deep respect for the environment.
As soon as the Saint-Emilion classification was created in 1955, Château Figeac would be classified from the outset among the so-called First Great Classified Growths (known as "B" until 2006). In September 2022, it is elevated to the title of Premier Grand Cru Classé "A".
The Château Figeac is based on a 40-hectare vineyard planted on three croups of Günzian gravel, whose grape varieties are composed of 35% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. These geological and viticultural characteristics are quite exceptional and have earned it the nickname of the "Medoc of Saint-Emilion". The wines are aged for 15 to 18 months in 100% new oak barrels. The Second wine of the property is called Petit Figeac.
A new semi-underground winery was inaugurated at the property for the 2021 harvest, with state-of-the-art technology, allowing precise, tailor-made vinifications for each plot.
The Château Figeac produces sumptuous wines of off-the-beaten-path precision and refinement that transcend with age. One of Bordeaux's greatest wines, surely.