Château Phélan Ségur, St Estèphe, 2018

  Château Phélan Ségur

This was a big surprise for us. Normally we find Phelan Segur a bit rustic and joyless; the 2018 was sensational. Big and ambitious but it works. Lots of dark, rich, creamy fruit, notes of fruitcake, blackcurrants, dense big tannins coated with minerals, graphite, flowers, really impressive structure. Enough weight to carry the tannins, and they seem more refined and fruit laced than normal. Voluptuous and very appealing. The best Phelan we can ever remember.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Phélan Ségur

Phélan Ségur is a Cru Bourgeois, located in the appellation of St Estephe.

Appellation: St Estèphe

A part of St-Estèphe is separated from Pauillac's Lafite only by a stream.Though St-Estèphe contains some gravel, it is largely renowned for the high clay content of its soils compared with other vineyards on the left bank. These wetter cooler soils favour the Merlot, hence the relatively large proportion of plantings compared neighbouring communes, though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates. The cool soils means the grapes are later ripeing and tend to have high acidities, archetypal St Estèphe is a strong-willed, tannic structured wine to be laid down. The stars of St-Estèphe are Montrose, Cos d’Estournel and Calon-Segur, whilst Haut Marbuzet and Lafon Rochet have been producing excellent value wines over the last few years.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.