Château Phélan Ségur
“From the Gardinier family, this 2012 has a dense, ruby/purple color, sweet blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, background earth and spice, with moderate, velvety tannins. This medium-bodied wine has good fruit, ripeness and a rather classic mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.” Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Chateau Phelan-Segur was bought by Xavier Gardinier in 1985 and is now run by his sons, Thierry and Laurent. Phelan-Segur’s 66 hectares of vineyards are well-sited near the Gironde estuary and lies on well-drained gravel soils. The vineyards are bordered by those of Chateau Montrose and Chateau Calon-Segur. Phelan-Segur’s wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and the wine is then matured in oak barrels (30% new) for 15 months. Phelan-Segur usually requires at least 5-7 years of bottle ageing to show at its best and the best vintages can continue improving for up to 15 years.
From: France, Bordeaux, Saint-Estephe
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Franc (10%)