01 May 2009

Spring Trip in Bordeaux - Chateau Figeac

We visited one of the Premier Grand Cru Classe in St Emilion named Chateau Figeac. It reminded me a bit of the part in Pride and Prejudice where Lizzie visits Pemberley. The children of the Count were riding their bikes around the grounds listening to our tour guide. The owner, Thierry Manoncourt, came and greeted us and posed for a picture with us.

Figeac is a very ancient estate, going back at least as far as the 2nd century AD, during the Gallo-Roman period, when a certain Figeacus gave his name to a villa he built on this location. The site has been continually inhabited ever since then, as proved by vestiges: a water-supply system dating from the Gallo-Roman period, foundations of buildings from the Middle Ages with defensive walls, and the remains of a Renaissance chateau reflected in the present-day chateau's great door and tower.

Figeac belonged to the same family for more than 500 years, and was nearly 200 hectares by the late 18th century. Unfortunately, the estate was sold a number of times in the 19th century. Successive owners sold numerous plots, which explains the birth of various chateaux that appended the name Figeac to their own

We were fortunate enough to taste a wonderful 1998 Chateau Figeac. Something we would not be able to afford to have in our cave!

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