2000 Château La Tour du Pin Figeac, AC St-Émilion Grand Cru
This bottle has been through quite a journey. I picked it up last year, December 2008, in a wine shop in Nice. As I was in the south of France, my preference was for Bandol, but there was none to be found. So, after a long flight back and sometimes questionable storage, here we are.
To avoid confusion, as there are two properties sharing the same name, the proprietor of this wine is Giraud-Bélivier. Owned by the Giraud family, the other La Tour du Pin Figeac is owned by Moueix. Alas, both wines assume a somewhat forgotten reputation in terms of quality. Assemblage is about 75% merlot, 25% cabernet franc.
The cork drew out beautifully, slickly clean as seen above. The wine had a bright red robe, with the rim beginning to amber and taking on a brownish sheen. Looks close to maturity. Initial nose of intense graphite lead minerality, charred meats, greenish notes and dark dried fruits. After a 3 hour decant, the bouquet becomes more harmonious, with the fruit becoming darker, richer and jammier. Develops great warmth and increasing sweetness. Palate becomes very sweet after about 5 hours, with noticeable oak and a spicy finish. Fine, but softening tannins.
After 24 hours, the wine begins to fade. Oak is a bit awkward. Good sweetness, absolute weightless texture. This is a decent, serviceable wine. What I love is that it's instantly recognizable as a claret, which a lot of today's Bordeaux seem to lack. While not a supple wine, there is good cabernet character and a silky, sweet texture.
While not an old claret by any means, this was a great experience to have.