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Chateau Phelan Segur,  St. Estephe Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

The official history of Chateau Phelan Segur began when two previous Bordeaux wine estates were brought together, Clos de Garramey and Segur.  The properties located in the St. Estephe appellation were combined by Bernard Phelan who using the traditional custom of the time, combined the existing Segur name with his own and created Chateau Phelan Segur.

Before Bernard Phelan purchased Segur, it was previously owned by Nicolas Alexandre de Segur who was known by the well-earned nickname, The Prince of Vines. de Segur owned numerous, famed, Bordeaux wine estates in the Medoc during his life including Brane Mouton, which later became Chateau Mouton Rothschild as well as Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Latour! Which is truly amazing when you think about it.

Chateau Phelan Segur was later purchased by the Delon family (The current owners of Leoville Las Cases in St. Julien and Nenin in Pomerol) who eventually sold it to the former head of Pommery Champagne, Xavier Gardinier.   As there is a harvest in Bordeaux every year, with very few exceptions, chateaux produce wine in every vintage.  That was not the case in the early days of ownership by the Gardinier family. They refused to sell three vintages in a row of Chateau Phelan Segur, 1983, 1984 and 1985!  Xavier Gardinier eventually sued claiming that herbicides contaminated and ruined the wines of Chateau Phelan Segur making them unsellable.

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Today, the Left Bank property in St. Estephe in managed by another member of the family, Thierry Gardinier. Thierry Gradinier is also responsible for several other Bordeaux estates including Meyney in St. Estephe and Grand Puy Ducasse in Pauillac.

The vineyards of Chateau Phelan Segur are located not that far from Chateau Montrose. In fact, in 2010, Chateau Phelan Segur sold 22 hectares of their St. Estephe, Bordeaux vineyards to their neighbor, Chateau Montrose. That purchase decreased their vineyards from 90 hectares to 68 hectares. At the time, the price of 900,000 Euros per hectare was the highest price paid for vineyard land in St. Estephe. Chateau Phelan Segur underwent renovations in their wine making facilities that were completed in 2011. At the time, they moved to newer, smaller, 115 hectoliter, stainless steel vats that allow for more precise vinification on a parcel by parcel basis. Michel Rolland is the consultant.

The St. Estephe vineyards of Chateau Phelan Segur are situated on gravel, sand and clay based soils. The vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. On average the vines are close to 35 years of age. The vines are planted to a density of 8,500 vines per hectare. Vinification takes place in temperature controlled, 115 hectoliter, stainless steel vats. This allows for parcel by parcel vinification. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 50%, new French oak barrels. The Bordeaux wine of Chateau Phelan Segur is aged in about 50% new oak for 18 months. There is a second wine, Franck Phelan, which made its debut in 1986.  20,000 cases per year are produced of Phelan Segur on average, while the production of the second wine hovers at close to 12,000 cases per vintage. The estate also produces a third wine, which is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, La Croix Bonis.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Herb, olive and cherry aromas make up the initial start of the wine, followed by the palate, which is medium bodied, and show cases cranberry with bright red berries and a lot of sharpness in the mouth. The wine was made blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon with 40% Merlot, which yielded a 12.7% alcohol. The wine will be aged in 50% new, French oak barrels. The Grand Vin represents 60% of the properties crop, with yields of 26.38 hectoliters per hectare. 86-89 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. This earthy, cassis-filled, medium-bodied wine has an oaky, fleshy core of dark fruit that ends with fresh blackberries and dark chocolate. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Vanilla bean, chocolate, black cherry and coffee scents create the perfume. The fruit is crsip, peppery, medium bodied and dominated by dark red cherry and plum. Drink this young to retain its fruit.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. 2011 Phelan Segur 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, which is the same as the plantings found in vineyards, produce the blend. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol. 15% of the vineyards were damaged by the September hail storms. Fortunately for the property, most of the damage occurred to vineyards which were not planted. The worst of the damage was to the Merlot. Yields were down about 10% from the previous vintage. Oak, leaf, pepper, mineral and cassis aromas open to a medium-bodied, round, chocolate- and cassis-filled finish. 89-91 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. I really like how this wine turned out. Packed with fresh ripe, juicy blackberries, licorice, earth, coffee and spice, there is a quality of softness to the tannins in the long, fresh, round finish that make this Merlot dominated blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Sauvignon worth seeking out. This is the best vintage of Phelan Segur produced yet!

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Cassis, stone, spice, juicy plum and smoky aromatics open to a deeply colored, expressive, Medium/full bodied St. Estephe that wants to rest for at least 5-7 years before being opened.

      90 points - Tasted
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    3. From a blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine offered scents of blackberry, cassis and espresso bean, Medium/full bodied, the wine ends with a round, ripe. cassis filled finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Expressive notes of fresh black cherries, plums, lead pencil and vanilla open to a round, plummy wine that will offer its ample charms fairly early in life. Form a blend of 58% Caberent Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, this is first vintage showing the influence of Michel Rolland.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. With scents of forest floor, cassis, tobacco, black raspberry and earth, this medium/full bodied wine ends with spice, fresh, dark berries and a slight drying sensation. Give it 3-5 years and it should add some nice complexity and softer textures.

      90 points - Tasted
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    3. Dark jammy berries, licorice, spice, earth and chocolate scents lead to a supple, round, ripe wine that finishes with ripe, black raspberry and jammy flavors. This should drink well early.

      91 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Spicy blackberry, cassis, earth and herbal scents, medium bodied and soft textured finish. This will drink well young.

      89 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. The first vintage consulted by Michel Rolland starts with a smoke filled perfume that includes stone, wet earth, cassis and spice. In the mouth the wine feels soft, with round tannins. Fresh, bright cassis and kirsch are found in the finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Espresso bean, stone, cassis, truffle make up the perfume. Round in texture, with spicy cassis and chocolate, fleshy and fresh for Phelan Segur, this delicious vintage of Phelan Segur already offers a lot early drinking charm.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. With good color, scents of blackberries, wet earth,black cherries, stone and cassis, this medium/full bodied wine finishes with dollop of creme de cassis and blackberry jam. A few more years add more complexity to the wine, but as it's already starting to drink well at 6, do not expect this to make old bones. I'd finish any bottles you have by the time this Bordeaux wine hits its 18th birthday, if not sooner.

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 2004 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Blackberry, stone and herb aromas open to medium bodied, lighter style of Phelan Segur. This is already drinking well and is on the fast track for evolution. I’d drink this over the next several years.

      87 points - Tasted
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  10. 2003 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Light, soft, open and ready for prime time with its tobacco, earth and cassis character. This is not a wine for long term aging.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. Minerality, fresh herbs, cedar wood and blackberry scents open to a fleshy, round, plum and black cherry finish. This is drinking well today.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2002 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Minerality, cedar wood and damp forest aromas, medium body and a an herbal, cherry tinged finish.

      87 points - Tasted
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  12. 2001 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Ruby with lightening at the edges, earth, strawberry jam and cassis in nose, medium bodied with a touch of green in the cherry filled finish. This is probably close to fully mature. I’d opt for dinking over the in the moderate future to maintain the freshness and fruit.

      89 points - Tasted
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