Chateau Phelan Segur St. Estephe Bordeaux Wine Complete Guide

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

Chateau Phelan Segur History and Overview

The official history of Chateau Phelan Segur began when two previous Bordeaux estates were brought together, Clos de Garramey and Segur. Those properties also located in the Saint Estephe appellation were combined by Bernard Phelan, who using the traditional custom of the time, combined the existing Segur name with his own and Chateau Phelan Segur was born. By 1860, Bernard Phelan had created the largest vineyard in the entire Saint Estephe appellation. The beautiful, stately chateau was built by Frank Phelan, the son of the Bernard Phelan in the late 1860’s.

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 chateaux in the Medoc during his life including: Brane Mouton, which later became Chateau Mouton Rothschild , as well as Lafite, which became Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Latour ! When you think about it, it’s truly amazing that one family owned 3 First Growth estates at the same time!

Chateau Plelan Segur, The Modern Era

Chateau Phelan Segur was later purchased by the Delon (The current owners of Leoville Las Cases in St. Julien and Nenin in Pomerol ) in 1883 who eventually sold it to the former head of Pommery Champagne, Xavier Gardinier in 1984. 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!

The 1983 Phelan Segur was produced and released, but the wine was recalled from the marketplace by the new owner, Xavier Gardinier. Xavier Gardinier eventually sued claiming that herbicides used by the estate contaminated and ruined the wines of Chateau Phelan Segur making them unsalable. The Gardinier family won their suit and from that time forward, they have continued improving and for a time, expanding the estate. In 2002, they purchased 25 hectares from Houissant, located not far from Chateau Montrose .

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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 Chateau Meyney in St. Estephe and Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse in Pauillac .

Chateau Phelan Segur, Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes

A major portion of the Phelan Segur vineyards 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 extensive renovations in their wine making facilities and cellars that were completed in 2011. At the time, they moved to newer, smaller, 115 hectoliter, stainless steel fermentation 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 have a terroir of gravel, sand and clay based soils. The vineyards are planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot . On average the vines are close to 35 years of age. However, they have old vines, some of which are at least 70 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a density of 8,500 vines per hectare. The vines are primarily in three locations. 8 hectares of vines are planted close to the chateau. A larger portion of vines are located not far from Chateau Calon Segur . However, their best terroir, which is also their largest holding is situated quite close to Chateau Montrose.

Chateau Phelan Segur Wine Making

To produce the wine of Phelan Segur, vinification takes place in temperature controlled, 115 hectoliter, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 50%, new, French oak barrels. Phelan Segur is aged in about 50% new, French oak barrels for 16 to 18 months. One of the recent changes at Phelan Segur was to begin using French oak barrels that have a lighter toasting. That has been positive as you not find less of a smoke or espresso note to the wine when its young. There is a second wine , Frank Phelan, which made its debut in 1986. Frank Phelan was named after a previous owner that built the chateau. There is also a third wine, La Croix Bonis.

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 recently added a third wine, which is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, La Croix Bonis.

The Best Vintages of Chateau Phelan Segur are: 2016, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2003.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Phelan Segur with the Best Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Phelan Segur is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Phelan Segur is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed and grilled dishes. Chateau Phelan Segur also makes a good match with several different Asian courses.

Château Phélan Ségur Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Medium-bodied, softly textured, showing fresh, elegant cassis and spicy, crisp, black raspberries in an approachable, user friendly style. 86 - 88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  2. 2014 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Crème de Cassis, fennel and freshly ground espresso on the nose, this wine was produced in an approachable, fleshy style. There is an easy softness to the tannins and a smack of blackberries in the finish. 88-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  3. 2013 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Better on the nose, with its floral, oak and sweet cherry fragrance, than on the medium bodied, slightly tart, red berry palate. Drink this on the young side.

      86 points - Tasted
    2. 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

      86 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. From a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium bodied wine shows ripe dark plum, earth, espresso and cassis characteristics that seems to be just bit short in the finish.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. 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

      88 points - Tasted
  5. 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
    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
  6. 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
    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
    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
  7. 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
    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
    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
  8. 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
  9. 2006 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. At 10 years of age, this is turning out nicely. Medium bodied and showing secondary development with its tobacco, wet earth, cigar, thyme and black cherry character, there is good freshness to the fruit in the finish.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. 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
  10. 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
    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
  11. 2004 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Leafy, forest aromas, with tobacco and dried fruit, the wine is medium bodied and a bit dry and dusty in the red berry finish. This is probably drinking at peak and requires consumption over the next 3-5 years.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. 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
  12. 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
    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
  13. 2002 Château Phélan Ségur

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

      87 points - Tasted
  14. 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
  15. 2000 Château Phélan Ségur

    1. Slightly past fully mature, this requires drinking. The fruit has started to fade. There is much more earth and tobacco going on here. The small amount of bright, red fruits in this medium bodied wine that are barely poking through are not enough to keep you interested.

      87 points - Tasted