Colour: Medium to deep garnet-purple
Aroma: The bouquet is restrained, kept on a leash, but it trots along with crisp blackberry and raspberry fruit, interwoven with an attractive pencil lead note
Palate: The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin. It is structured and quite bold, considering the storm that swept across the appéllation during harvest, clearly a lot of sorting here that engenders a clean and pure wine with appreciable mineralité and tension on the foursquare finish. A recommended Saint Estèphe to consume over 10-12 years.
Grape Varieties: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot
Awards: 94pts – James Suckling; 89pts – Wine Spectator; 90+pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Chateau Phelan Segur
Château Phélan Ségur is a wine estate in the Saint-Estèphe region of the Médoc, its history dates back to the late 18th Century, when Tipperary wine merchant Bernard O’Phelan arrived in Bordeaux. The property took on its current name at the start of the 20th century. Following a century of ownership by the Delon family of Léoville-Las-Cases fame, since 1985 Phélan-Ségur has been owned by Xavier Gardiner, who also owns the Lanson and Pommery Champagne houses. In total there are 70 hectares (173 acres) of vines on the hillocks and plateaux of Saint-Estèphe; neighbors include Châteaux Montrose and Calon Ségur. These are divided into in four sections on clay and gravel soils, and are planted to about 58 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 39 percent Merlot and 1.5 percent each for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.