Opened Figeac 1980 last night, with little or no misapprehensions, in fact, I was convinced this wine would be lifeless and undrinkable. The bottle label utterly mucky and unreadable and having had 1982 several weeks back, and did not show well at all, all did not seem promising.
Much to my surprise, Figeac was super!
And, suitably matched with a gorgeous piece of sirloin steak - procured in the nick of time from Allen’s in Mayfair - the evening vinous fayre actually turned out spectacularly well.
Deep ruby and garnet rim, melting mocha, smokey, spices on the nose, and it still had weight but a smooth touch, with tannins completely resolved. The length is carried by a plenteous backbone and the smokiness and spices pleasantly lurk.