A personal view by Katharina Wolf
My career as a wine merchant started ten years ago at Lake Attersee, Austria. A large part of my exceptional wine education is owed to my parents’ effort and their offering of the world’s greatest wines. However, it was Chateau Figeac that gave me the final push towards my career choice. I was invited to participate in the harvest at Chateau Figeac in 2004.
Thierry Manoncourt, owner of Chateau Figeac and unique pioneer of Bordeaux wine inspired me with his endless passion, love and generosity. With these traits, he convinced me to join my father’s business and become a wine merchant, dedicated to tracking down the finest wines available. Thierry Manoncourt sadly passed away in 2010 and I have ever since regretted not hosting an extensive vertical tasting of Chateau Figeac earlier when he was still with us. This year, the right moment arrived: we celebrated the 10th anniversary of WeinArt with a legendary vertical tasting at one of the most charming chateaux in Bordeaux. Joined by our family, our top clients and friends we had the opportunity to taste wines from 1949 to today. The tasting was accompanied by meticulously chosen dishes, prepared by LandArt’s chef Julian G. The wines tasted as if they wanted to show their full glory and potential one more time. Nowadays it is rare that a Chateau of that kind is in still owned by a single family, which has access to a remarkable stock of old vintages. The main highlight of the evening was without a doubt the 1949, not simply because it was the oldest vintage, but because despite its age it showed an exceptional level of youth and power unparalleled among its younger peers. A wine with depth, warmth and pungency, made in the image of its creator Thierry Manoncourt.
A renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson attended the tasting and noted that the wine had an “amazing colour, right out to the rim […] with slight hint of oxidation on the nose”. She described the wine as “severe and tough and not made to charm people. Very very fine. A strong statement – so much more than fruit”.
An investment view by Katharina Wolf
Buying Figeac is buying heritage, it is an investment into a one-of-a-kind family owned Grand Cru Classé Estate. Figeac stands out among St. Emilion wines through its personality and individual characteristics. The investment view on this is atypical. In monetary terms one cannot expect high spikes in ROI, however from a value for money perspective Chateau Figeac has a strong advantage over other wines. It is a wine that ages fantastically well due to its significant share of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Chateau Figeac is relatively affordable compared to some other prices for St. Emilion wines. In my view, no wine in Bordeaux, especially in St. Emilion has better value for money.
Moreover, buying Figeac means supporting one of the last real family-owned chateaux in Bordeaux. It is the family spirit that can be felt in Chateau Figeac, a wine that expresses its individuality in every glass.