Château La Tour Figeac's history is closely linked with that of Château Figeac, one of the two great wines of Saint-Emilion (along with Cheval Blanc) to have gravelly soil.
The original 37-hectare estate was acquired by the Ducasse family in 1832, who sold it again in 1879. Barely two years later, it was subdivided, and one of the plots was named La Tour Figeac. A German industrialist, Mr. Rettenmaier, bought Château La Tour Figeac in 1973, and his son Otto Maximilian has managed the estate since 1994.
A quarter of the 14.5 hectare vineyard has gravelly soil identical to Cheval Blanc. The rest is largely a mixture of sand and gravel. Grape varieties consist of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. The average age of the vines is 35 years.
Château La Tour Figeac is more powerful than most other wines in Saint-Emilion. When it is young, it is most often fruity, with spicy tannin.
Tour Figeac, Esquisse de La Tour Figeac second wine