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Mar 30, 2013 04:58 PM

Michel Rolland vows to take Figeac into St Emilion premier league

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  1. I started to say "good for him," but inevitably, won't it still taste like all the other Rolland wines?

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    1. re: ChefJune

      Well, THAT would be my concern . . .

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      1. That sounds like good news.

        While I have several vintages, and have enjoyed them all, a friend (and wife's board member), is a major Bdx. collector. While he has many examples in his 30K btl. cellars, Ch. Figeac is well-represented, and he shares liberally and often. I need to e-mail your link to him.

        Thank you,


        1. When those bluesmen down in the Delta sold their souls, the return was magnificent, brilliant, even transcendent. It would appear that the devil is a tad more miserly these days, or perhaps it's the relative value of the Bordelais' soul.

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          1. re: Ricardo Malocchio

            I'm not sure what you're saying, but soul doesn't put money in the bank.
            Personally I think, considering their great terroir, that Figeac has had some under-acheiving vintages in the past 15 years. They take risks by picking early, aren't extremely selective, and aren't the most advanced winery as far as techiques. IMO some changes could benefit them. Especially if they have any hope of acheiving Classe A and selling their wine for anywhere near what they've asked over the past few vintages.
            They have a lot of Cab Sauv and Cab Franc, and different terroir, so perhaps even with Rolland instituting some changes, we aren't looking at a Bon Pasteur/Pavie clone.

            1. re: john gonzales

              You get exactly what I'm saying: "soul doesn't put money in the bank". And it's been clear of late that Figeac has no intention of remaining what we knew - an outlier making restrained, traditional wine from very good terroir at very reasonable prices - but instead is going all-in for the Parker points, the upgrade, and the gravy train.

              As you note, they jacked their prices in 2009, then jacked 'em again in 2010... and still didn't get upgraded to premier grand cru classé A. (Yes, the price the wine is sold at is factored in.)

              It's not hard to predict what will happen here: cabernet sauvignon vines will be pulled up and replanted with easier-ripening merlot. Extraction levels will increase, micro-ox will be used, and perhaps a greater degree of new wood. It will be a round, glossy, internationally styled wine. The Parker pts will come, as will the premier grand cru classé A classification. And that's all they'll need to justify their price increases, present and future.

              I'm already priced out of Figeac. Indeed, most of BDX. Fortunately, I don't think I'd much care for the new Figeac anyway. And BDX continues its descent into irrelevance for the vast majority of wine drinkers.