|Subregion||France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Estèphe|
The vines of this 70 hectare St Estèphe property are situated between Montrose and Calon Ségur. The vineyard is planted with 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc and 1.5 % Petit Verdot.
Unfurling in the glass with aromas of dark berries, plums and cherries mingled with notions of rose petals, pipe tobacco, sweet spices and loamy soil, the 2021 Phélan Ségur is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with impressive depth at the core, ripe tannins and lively acids, concluding with a long, saline finish. Concentrated and well-constructed, this is a serious wine with a bright future ahead of it. It's a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. Tasted five times, twice at the estate.
The 2021 Phélan Ségur has an attractive bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and dried rose petal scents, quite fragrant and appealing even at this early stage. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, fine tannins, well-judged acidity and quite a tensile finish. This is very promising, though it will need four to five years in bottle. It might represent one of the best values for money… depending on the release price, of course.
The 2021 represents the lowest yield ever here at 32 hl/ha and the highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon ever at 75%. The Cabernet Franc was eliminated as it was too weak and the rest is Merlot with 4% Petit Verdot. Chaptalised half a degree to 13.5% abv. Deep ruby colour. Wood smoke and tobacco on the nose, together with midweight fruit. The palate is savoury, with chunky red fruit pressed against chewy, firm tannins. Lively acidity, blue fruit and black pepper line the finish.
Plenty of cabernet character with currant and blackberry and some fresh-herb undertones. Medium body. Fine, firm tannins. Refined and together. Oyster shell and hints of spices such as cloves and white pepper. Tapenade. Typical for the appellation. 75% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot and 21% merlot.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2021 Phelan Segur leaps with vivacious scents of black and red currants, Morello cherries, and black raspberries, plus wafts of cardamon, cedar chest, and iron ore. Light to medium-bodied, the palate has plenty of vibrant red and black fruit layers with fine-grained tannins and an energetic finish.
Attractive, carefully-extracted damson and black cherry fruit with austere tannins. This is a little drying on the finish, and is clearly impacted by the issues of the vintage, after a series of truly brilliant years at Phélan Ségur. Harvest September 29 to October 13. IPT 85. 55% new oak.
Cask sample. Deep purple. Deep flavours on the nose – intense! Drier, perhaps more ‘serious’ than de Pez. Fully ripe flavours but still quite youthful with marked tannins on the end. Real drive here as well as length. And a dry, almost drying, finish. Not flattering but true to the appellation.
Drink 2029 – 2045