Phélan Ségur 2010

SubregionSt Estephe

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Tasting Notes

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Phélan Ségur boldly springs from the glass with open-for-business notes of baked blackcurrants, blueberry tart and chocolate covered cherries followed by hints of cardamom, camphor and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm line of grippy tannins and just enough freshness to support the maturing black fruits, finishing with a fair bit of chew. 2020-2034

Score: 91Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

A major sleeper of the vintage, the 2010 Phelan-Segur has a dense ruby/purple color, ripe mulberry and black currant fruit intermixed with some floral notes, and a hint of subtle oak as well as touches of lavender and licorice. Layered, opulent, ripe and fleshy, this beauty should drink nicely for 10-15 years.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

A dense purple color along with rich minerality and sweet notes of boysenberries and raspberries are found in this 2010. The irrepressible Michel Rolland (the winemaking consultant at Phelan-Segur) has fashioned an impressively pure, deep, classic St.-Estephe with a supple personality as well as robust tannins. Cellar it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following 12-15 years.

Score: 89/91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

A blend of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 59% Merlot raised in 50% new oak, the nose takes its time to reveille in the glass: blackberry, small dark cherries, a touch of smoke and cigar box. Good definition but very tight. The palate is medium-bodied with powdery tannins, good definition but perhaps like Calon-Segur, a little disjointed at this stage. Good weight on the sinewy finish with dense black tarry fruits, quite uncompromising at the moment but that is not such a bad thing in the long term. The Phelan-Segur 2010 has good potential and may surprise in bottle just as the great 2005 is doing. Drink 2014-2025+ Tasted March 2011.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin,, April 2011

This sneaks up on you, with blackberry and spices such as nutmeg and cloves. Full spices, with currants and berries. Builds on the palate like a wave.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, March 2011

Dark crimson. Nicely, convincingly integrated. Lovely luscious, supple fruit. Really great supple stuff with the undertow of St-Estèphe minerality. A really exciting wine. Very long.

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2011

51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot aged in 50% new oak. This is a popular and well situated Cru Bourgeois in Saint Estephe near to Montrose. A saturated black colour. Sweet exotic oak on the nose. Very concentrated and serious on the palate. Dense and powerful with hints of liquorice - this is no lightweight cru bourgeois and it may need 10 years in bottle before being ready to drink. Impressive.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, April 2011

The nose seems to be very red fruit dominated with an attractive freshness. There are more black fruits in evidence on the palate enriching the middle and giving sweetness towards the back. Although the tannins do feel firm they are ripe so not totally hiding the fruit on the finish.

Score: 91/94Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW,, April 2011

Rich, ripe, quite leathery fruit, very good lift and lovely potential complexity, always with a touch of spicy elegance. Drink 2017-26.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier,, April 2011

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