Chateau Roches de Yon-Figeac, Grand Cru 2012 ~ Saint-Emillion, Bordeaux, France
Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge - Gold
"Soft and lush with notes of black currant and clove tobacco. Great value and drinks well now."
Château Yon-Figeac is a Saint-Émilion property which is ranked as a Grand Cru Classé in the official 2012 classifications.
Les Roches de Yon-Figeac is the second wine of the Château, made from a selection of parcels of the estate’s best wine-growing soils. Mostly Merlot blended with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Yon-Figeac vines average around 35 years of age.
Chateau Yon-Figeac was founded in 1881 and is best known for its Merlot-based red wine. The property was once part of the much larger Château Figeac property, although it lies just southeast of the modern version, closer to the centre of the Saint-Émilion zone.
The estate is one of the larger single-plot estates on the Bordeaux right bank, with 25 hectares (62 acres) of vines on sand and clay soils with iron deposits. More than 85 percent of the vineyard is planted with Merlot, while Cabernet Franc takes up 10 percent (which is being reduced) and 4 percent is planted to Petit Verdot.
Yon-Figeac's fruit is vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The grand vin is typically aged for 12 to 14 months in French oak barrels, with around 35 percent new wood.
The estate of Château Yon-Figeac Grand Cru Classé sits on the right bank of the Dourdogne river. Yon-Figeac was once a part of the massive Chateau Figeac estate, which laucnhed numerous St. Emilion estates that now bear the name of Figeac, as part of their name.
Chateau Yon-Figeac is now owned by Alain Castle, who also owns property in the Loire valley. Alain Castle purchased Chateau Yon-Figeac in 2005.