Vintage 1949

"From the very first moment, this wine swept me off my feet. It just blew me away, with its intoxicating bouquet and the incredible harmony of power, aroma, flavour and expressiveness… everything a wine should be. That stunning bouquet, evolved, still very rich, hinting that there was much more yet to come… Tobacco, cigar, that fullness, that power, that elegance, all those ramifications and that length on the palate: it’s something you never forget." Joseph Drebitko

In 2017, a jeroboam of Château-Figeac 1949 was sold for £8,225 at an auction at Christie’s in London.

In 1949, Thierry Manoncourt developed a technique for making natural fertiliser from vine shoots in order to renew the nutrients drawn by the growing vine from the subsoil. The innovation involved crushing the shoots, fermenting them by mixing them with horse manure, then spreading the mixture between the rows.

"From the very first moment, this wine swept me off my feet. It just blew me away, with its intoxicating bouquet and the incredible harmony of power, aroma, flavour and expressiveness… everything a wine should be. That stunning bouquet, evolved, still very rich, hinting that there was much more yet to come… Tobacco, cigar, that fullness, that power, that elegance, all those ramifications and that length on the palate: it’s something you never forget." Joseph Drebitko

VINTAGE REPORT

January and February 1949 were exceptionally dry. The weather turned cold and wet in June, just as the vine came into flower, reducing the size of the final crop. The year as a whole was very dry, resulting in extremely concentrated grapes. The temperature reached 40° C on 11 July, highly unusual for Bordeaux at the time. Storms brought some relief to the vines. Picking started on 30 September, with the entire team from Château La Conseillante called in as reinforcements, helping out Château-Figeac as neighbours and friends. Yields were very small, with small berries. The combination of all these conditions gave the wine great intensity.

VARIETAL MIX

- 50 % Cabernet Franc
- 34 % Merlot,
- 12 % Cabernet Sauvignon
- 4 % Malbec
From the 1960s, Malbec was gradually replaced throughout the entire vineyard by a larger proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine cabinet

With epithets like “unforgettable”, “sublime” or “outstanding”, some wines define our tastes in the same way as certain dates overturn our lives…
Like members of the same family, necessarily different yet necessarily close, each vintage of Château-Figeac is the reflection of a year which tells a whole story… It is one of the great riches of our wines, closely linked to the irreplaceable terroir and the choices made by the winemaker.
In our wine cabinet, we recount a selection of vintages, each with its own story. If you are curious about another vintage, please ask us…

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