2019 Château Phelan-Segur: £360 IB per dozenWednesday, June 10
Released this afternoon, the 2019 from Château Phélan Ségur is described by James Suckling as possibly the 'best ever' vintage from this estate, awarding it with an impressive 96-97 points. The price is just £330 per dozen, compared with £450 in 2018.
Phélan Ségur made its name under the guidance of Frank Phelan, the son of an Irish merchant (Bernard O'Phelan) who settled in Bordeaux and married into the Guestier family. Frank Phelan even became mayor of Saint-Estèphe and the Château Ségur added his surname to its own at the start of the 20th century. Oweed since the 1980s by the Gardinier family, the estate has 70 hectares of clay-gravel soils adjoining Calon-Segur and Montrose.
Despite being approachable in just five or six years, Phélan Ségur is known for being long-lived. Jane Anson finds plenty of minerality ("Great winemaking going on here"). She qualifies her score of 94 points by saying "could go higher here".
Suckling is less equivocal, describing the "complexity and depth" as "fantastic... in this beautifully crafted, refined red".
At less than £28 per bottle in bond, there is nothing not to love about this release. Do let us know if you would like to order.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.
2019 Château Phélan Ségur, Cru Bourgeois Saint-Estèphe
"The 2019 Phélan Ségur has a very composed bouquet with detailed blackberry and briary scents, a touch of melted tar and cracked black pepper coming through with aeration. The palate is very cohesive with fine tannins, gentle grip, quite saline in the mouth with impressive density and harmony towards the finish. Quintessentially Saint-Estèphe, this is a superb Phélan Ségur that should not be under-estimated. Tasted twice. 93-95 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"Véronique Dausse continues to lift the quality at this estate. Her 2019 Château Phelan Segur reveals a dense purple color as well as a rich, full-bodied, powerful style on both the nose and palate. Loads of chocolaty dark fruits, roasted herbs, licorice, and graphite all emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, with a big, rich mid-palate, plenty of tannins, and beautiful length. This rich, age-worthy Phelan Segur is going to have some upfront appeal yet will benefit from 5-6 years of bottle age. Given the wealth of material, purity, and balance, this could end up being a real superstar of a wine. 93-95 points." Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
“Another impressive vintage at this estate, one that is regularly turning out wines to sit up and take notice of. A touch more austerity than was seen at this stage in the 2018, but the same level of intensity and concentration and just sheer confidence without trying too hard. Undertow of crushed granite and liquorice root, with real precision in the cassis fruits, and a wall of tannins that manage to be both present and unobtrusive. Great winemaking going on here. 56% new oak, 3.8pH, 1PT81. Could go higher when retasting in bottle. Tasted twice two weeks apart. Drinking Window 2026 – 2042. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
“The complexity and depth is fantastic in this beautifully crafted, refined red. Such poise, finesse and length. Yet dense and very compacted. Love the texture precision. Goes on and on. Best ever? 96-97 points". James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
£360 IB per dozen bottles
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.