Phelan Segur

 

 ONE OF THE BEST BUYS FOR MONEY IN BORDEAUX

 

Phelan Segur

Phelan Segur is situated on same slopes in Saint Estephe as closest neghbors, Montrose and Meyney. It's overlooking banks of Gironde river and therefore in safe environment when white or black frost strikes. MIcroclimate here is just very advantageous.

Phelan Segur was already a big estate in mid 19th century, thanks to Franc Phelan of Irish origin. It was him who built the imposing chateau. The name Phelan Segur was first introduced in the beginning of 20th century. Before that the property was named Segur de Garamey.

Delon family, who already has owned Leoville Las Cases at that time, purchased the property in 1946. In 1985, they sold it to a Gardinier family The new owner begins to make a lot of modernisation of winemaking facilities. Because of herbicide contamination, they had to take 1983 vintage back from the market and wasn't allowed to release 1984 and 1985 vintages. 1986 was the first vintage produced by new owner. 

New technical director, Veronique Dausse, arrives in August 2010 just before harvest. Her arrival has resulted in Phelan Segur being more stable in quality and improving.

In 2017, Gardinier family sells Phelan Segur to a Belgian investor, Philippe van de Vyvere.

Phelan Segur's vineyard covers 70 ha which is planted with 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is divided in 4 blocks and some of these touch the ones of Montrose and Calon Segur. Soil here is of great quality, mostly gravels, mouldy, sandy and clay ones. Vines here are on average 40 years old. 50% new oak is used for ageing.

Phelan Segur is only Cru Bourgeois but in recent vintages since 2010 vintage, it challenges classified growths. Thanks to large content of Merlot, it can be very aromatic, polished, elegant and fleshy, while Cabernet Sauvignon provides strong backbone, structure and concentration. Both grape varietes really compliment eachother here!

In 2018, this property excelled itself and made a simply spectacular effort. I sincerely hope and pray there will be no filtration or just a very light one before bottling in 2020, so no great elements will be removed!

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Veronique Dausse, manager of the property since august 2010. Pictured in April 2019

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2018 (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted three times - last time in September 2019. Consistent notes. Very powerful wine with velvety texture, silky fruit and tannin, splendid complexity, splendid structure and long finish. Great effort for the vintage and probably the best wine from this property ever produced.

2017 (barrel sample) 92p

Tasted in April 2018. Meaty wine with fine acidity and ripe fruit. Well-balanced, complex and long finish. Splendid effort for the vintage.

2016 (barrel sample) 92-93p

Tasted in April 2017. Aromatic, delicious on palate with tight structure and meaty finish. Some elegance. Well-made. Will for sure be even better in bottle.

2015 (barrel sample) 93p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2016. Consistent notes. 53% Cabernet Sauvignon + 47% Merlot, 13.5% alcohol.Very aromatic with significant aromas of blueberries and blackberries, well-knitted, splendidly balanced, sweet fruit, refined and complex with long fruity aftertaste. Impressive.

2014 92p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2016. Consistent notes. Earthy, dark cherries, spicy, strong structure and backbone, fleshy and with long finish. Well-balanced. This is splendid wine. 

2012 90p

Tasted in April 2016. Tasted delicious, round, very fruity, sappy with fine structure and lengty. A real crowd-pleaser and perfect restaurant wine!

2011 91p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2016. Consistent notes. Splendid acidity, fine structure and long finish. Reminiscent of 2014 but less complexity and concentration. 

2010 92-93p

Tasted in April 2016. Fat fruit and tannin, both perfectly ripe, great complexity and depth. Strong backbone but also finesse and elegance. This vintage marked arrival of new manager of Phelan Segur, Veronique Dausse.

2009 92-93p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notesChocolate and black cherries, splendidly structured and complex. Tannin wasn't as fat and grained as in 2010, but 2009 was a little longer on the palate. Excellent effort as well.

2008 89p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Very traditional and a bit rustic wine here in cool vintage. Very nice structure and length. Needs time to soften. 

2007 86p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Difficult vintage but the wine here was already charming people a lot with attractive and tasty fruit. Already drinkable.

2006 85p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Tight and a bit edgy, some dryness in fruit and tannin. Harvested too late?

2005 92p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Aromatic, well-knitted, perfectly ripe dark berries and ripe tannin, splendid complexity, strong backbone and structure. Long finish.

2004 91p

Tasted in September 2007. Very aromatic, fine structure and depth, complex, concentrated and well-balanced. Tannin isn't dominating here and this wine is really well-made.

2000 92p

Tasted in August 2006. Delicious, hugely aromatic and well-structured wine with robust approach, strong backbone and firm finish.

1999 88p

Tasted in August 2005. Ripe fruit, elegant, nice structure with tasty fruit. Round and charming. It's quite pleasant right now.

1990 91p

Tasted in May 2012. This 22 years old wine from highly heralded vintage was a real heart-breaker with its aromatic, attractive and elegant approach, finesse and soft fruity finish. Delicious stuff.

Latest news

2019 HARVEST IN BORDEAUX IS FULLY OVER AND WE'VE TO WAIT UNTIL PRIMEURS IN MARCH 2020 TO GET CONFIRMED THE GREATNESS OF 2019. FOR UPDATES - CHECK HARVEST 2019 IN HARVEST CHAPTER!

FULL 2018 BORDEAUX REPORT WITH TNS AND RATINGS ON 395 BARREL SAMPLES TASTED DURING PRIMEUR IN MARCH/APRIL 2019 AND 50+ WINES FROM OTHER VINTAGES TASTED/RATED. ALL CHATEAUX PROFILES HAVE BEEN UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL TNS/RATINGS OBTAINED DURING VINEXPO IN MAY 2019, BEYERMAN TASTING IN SEPTEMBER 2019 (COPENHAGEN) AND FROM SHORT VISIT IN BORDEAUX IN OCTOBER 2019

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REPORT ON AN OUTRAGEOUS TASTING OF 21 BORDEAUX WINES FROM VINTAGE 1918 - READ IT HERE (BOTTOM OF THE PAGE).

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES TASTED IN 2018

1. Lafite Rothschild 1908             99p

2. Tertre Roteboeuf 2016             99p

3. Leoville Las Cases 2015           98-99p

4. Pichon Comtesse 2016            98-99p

5. Trotanoy 2016                            98-99p

6. Haut Bailly 2016                       98p

7. Belair Monange 2016               98p

8. Les Carmes Haut Brion 2016  97p

9. Pontet Canet 2016                       97p

10. Calon Segur 1918                    96p