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Château Figeac

The winery is located in the far northwest of the area Saint-Emilion on the border to Pomerol, The origins date back to Roman times, when an estate called "Figeacus" was located here. The property existed throughout the Middle Ages and often changed hands. It belonged successively to various leading families in the region. In the 17th century he became the property of the Carle family, whose member François de Carle was king Louis XIV (1638-1715) was made mayor of Saint-Émilion for life. His descendant Élie de Carle expanded the Château Figeac and also had the castle renewed. At that time, the large estate comprised a total of 250 hectares of vineyards, forests and pastures. The wine has been delivered to many wealthy customers across Europe. After his death, his widow's elaborate lifestyle caused major economic problems. Vineyard parts were gradually sold, which were either assigned to wineries or were the basis for new wineries. That was for example Chateau Beauregard and Château La Conseillante in Pomerol, as well Château Cheval Blanc (1852), Château La Marzelle. Château La Tour Figeac (1879), two of the same name Château La Tour-du-Pin-Figeac (1882) u. Château Yon-Figeac in St-Emilion.

The rest of the property changed hands several times in the 19th century. By mildew and phylloxera the estate lost its leading position. In 1896 it was acquired by André Villepigue. His great-grandson Thierry Manoncourt took over responsibility in 1947 and brought it back to the top; unofficially it is the next winery of the highest “Classé A”. Today it is run by his son-in-law Eric d'Aramon. The property includes a 13 hectare park. It has been classified as "Premier Grand Cru Classé B" since the beginning of the classification in 1955. The well-known oenologist Michel has been in an advisory role since 2013 Rolland (* 1947) active.

The vineyards cover 40 hectares of vines on pebble deposits up to seven meters thick. This is unusual for the area soil type on the basis of analyzes carried out in the 1950s also resulted in other planting with unusually high proportions of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, as well as only 30% Merlot. Therefore, the fruity, colorful wine resembles that from the Médoc and is also known as the "Médoc wine of Saint-Émilion". It is aged in 100% new barriques for up to 20 months. On a filtration is completely dispensed with. The second wine is called "La Grange Neuve de Figeac". Around 160,000 bottles of wine are produced annually.

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