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Chateau Phelan-Segur 2015
2015 Bordeaux Future Offer, St Espehe

Chateau Phelan-Segur 2015
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
St Estephe
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
91
Wine Enthusiast
94
Wine Advocate
93
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Decanter - Has the smooth, slightly gamey fruit you’d expect from Phélan-Ségur. Very good vineyard expression and fine, elegant length. 90 Points

Wine Enthusiast - "While there are strong wood flavors here, the wine is also packed with black fruits and ripe tannins. It has the potential to be a generous, full-bodied wine that also shows the fresh character of the vintage. Barrel Sample: 92-94 points"
 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
St Estephe
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
91
Wine Enthusiast
94
Wine Advocate
93
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
James Suckling - "A full-bodied red with very dense and chewy tannins. Very persistent and intense. Very fine textured. One of the best Phelans ever? Barrel Sample: 93-94 points.
Ratings
The Wine Advocate - "The 2015 Phelan Segur, a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot aged in 50% new oak, is certainly one of the better offerings from the Saint Estèphe appéllation. For sure, 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. 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. If released at a sensible price, then this would be a recommended Saint Estèphe to consumer over 10-12 years. Barrel Sample: 91-93 points"
Awards
Wine Spectator - "This offers a good core of dark currant and bitter cherry notes, with hints of warm stone and tobacco filling in on the finish. Shows solid grip. Barrel Sample: 88-91 points"
Production Notes
A large property of 70 hectares ideally located near Montrose and Calon Segur , Phelan Segur is well known to fans for his consistency. It belongs to the family group Gardinier, also owner of the Taillevent restaurant in Paris and Relais & Châteaux Les Crayeres in Reims, each 2 Michelin stars. Véronique Dausse provides leadership to the field. Assemblages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in roughly equally high in new oak barrels for 50%, the wines of Phelan Segur feature elegant profile with a nice structure, volume and fleshy tannins. Aromatic fresh red fruits and spices with slightly roasted notes, they have the advantage of being accessible from their youth
Winemaker Notes
2015 is a great vintage of Phelan Segur. Beautiful greedy attack, purity of fruit, excellent concentration, tannic structure with tannins already beautiful silky maturity, freshness and precision: a brilliant wine for this blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot. 2015 will be remembered as the beginning of September rains came disrupt almost idyllic course of the wine year. Given the perfect health of our vineyard, we decided to enjoy a period of dry and sunny weather to not begin the harvest of our Merlot that on September 29; we finished our Cabernet Sauvignon on October 10. It is not our practice to be the last to finish yet this year ... The berries tasted good, had recovered their concentration, the tannins had matured! After a measured extraction, the wines have proved exceptional from running off. The barrel aging period will magnify a wine that is one of our greatest vintages and which already gives us a special feeling. "Véronique DAUSSE
Other Notes
In 1805, Daniel Phelan, an Irish wine broker, acquired le Clos de Garamey, located in Saint-Estephe. This acquisition was followed in 1810 by the acquisition of the Segur de Cabanac estate. He thus created a magnificent wine-producing domain that remains practically unchanged today. When he died in 1841, Bernard Phelan left this vast estate, known from then on under the combined name of Chateau Segur de Garamey, to his son Frank. Frank devoted his life to promoting the renown and improving the quality of the wines produced on his property. In addition, he became the mayor of Saint-Estephe, holding the post for thirty years. Since 1985, Xavier Gardinier has been running the vineyard with the help of his sons Thierry, Stephane and Laurent. The buildings have been totally renovated to express the spirit of their founders and house winemaking equipment enables the terroir to express itself in all its complexity. However, despite the undeniable attraction of the buildings' design and the high-tech nature of the equipment therein, they are only the necessary backdrop to the remarkable alchemy that produces each year's vintage.
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