Time seems to have no hold over this estate. Even as the years pass, Figeac retains its style and its mysterious charm: the place has an agelessness that is both classical and full of originality. Is it the 14ha park surrounding the Château, with its bamboo, its orchards, its holm, cork and English oaks and its 1001 rosebushes that ensure the estate's biodiversity? Is it the unique geography of this property, with its gravel knolls (despite its Right Bank location) that produce a wine which is 66% Cabernet? Or is it the life-force that Thierry and Marie-France Manoncourt breathed into this place when they arrived in 1947 and that still inspires the current owners? The mystery remains unsolved.
The Manoncourts' four daughters are all smitten with the charm of their childhood home, and two of them now work there: Blandine de Brier, whose cheerful disposition is so well suited to communications, and the youngest, Hortense Idoine, who trained as an agronomist, like her father, which made her the natural choice for President. The new facilities, which blend into the landscape, will be ready for the 2020 harvest. For the last two years, the wine has been made in a temporary winery but has defied the challenges of this arrangement, retaining its signature style. Since 2001, Frédéric Faye has overseen the winemaking. The Director General, who arrived as a trainee, spent his early years here rolling up his sleeves and learning the ropes at Thierry Manoncourt's side. While he acknowledges being "sculpted from Figeac clay", he promises us a 2019 with "Merlots that are charmingly ample on the palate and smooth, floral Cabernet Francs that are among the best we have harvested in the last 20 years. Spicy notes unfurl in the Cabernet Sauvignons and their tannins are mineral, textured and remarkably silky."