2012 Chateau Phelan Segur Saint-Estephe

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  • "Well Built With Very Fine Potential" ~ Andreas Larsson
  • "Pretty Wine. Hard Not to Drink Now" ~James Suckling
  • 92 Point Vintage ~Wine Advocate
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About the Wine

Château Phélan Ségur is a world-renowned winery located in the heart of the Saint-Estèphe appellation. This appellation is known for producing some of the most powerful and long-lived wines in Bordeaux, thanks in part to the region's unique terroir, with gravelly soils that provide excellent drainage and achieve excellent quality and power to the grapes. One wine that shines particularly bright in Saint Estephe is  Phelan Segur.

This estate has a rich history dating back to the early 19th century. The winery has a longstanding reputation for producing exceptional wines that are a true reflection of the region's terroir. The winery's 172 hectares of vineyards are tended to with the utmost care by a team of passionate and skilled viticulturists and winemakers.

At Château Phélan Ségur, the winemaking process is a labor of love. The estate's commitment to quality is evident in the numerous accolades it has received over the years, and 2012 was no exception. 

But Château Phélan Ségur is more than just a winery, it's a champion of sustainable viticulture. The estate has been certified under the Terra Vitis label, which recognizes vineyards that use environmentally friendly farming methods. The winery's commitment to sustainability extends beyond the vineyards, with initiatives that include using natural fertilizers, reducing water usage, and implementing renewable energy sources. With its dedication to producing outstanding wines while preserving the environment, Château Phélan Ségur is a winery that is truly ahead of its time.

Phélan Ségur is a winery that embodies the essence of Bordeaux - rich history, exceptional quality, and a commitment to sustainability. A visit to this iconic estate is an experience not to be missed, offering a chance to taste some of the finest wines in the world while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding vineyards. It's no wonder that Château Phélan Ségur continues to be a favorite among wine critics and enthusiasts alike.

The Grand Vin of Château Phélan Ségur is a fabulous wine from Saint-Estèphe with a powerful taste, but it also boasts elegance and finesse. Its natural freshness, fruity flavor, and silky tannins make for a truly enjoyable drinking experience. As it ages, the wine develops a complex aroma with oak notes that are perfectly integrated. It's a wine that gets better with age, revealing new aromatic dimensions like spices, ripe fruits, and leather. 

Aging: 18 months in French oak barrels

Tasting Notes50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. 
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.


The nose is racy, well-managed, and offers depth as well as a very fine and tightly wound grain. The wine benefits from being decanted. There are notes of crushed redcurrants, wild strawberries, and a hint of salinity/iodine, combined with hints of red berries, balsamic, licorice, tobacco, and a very discreet hint of undergrowth. The palate is fresh, and juicy and offers a nice racy minerality, suppleness, crunchiness, a nice gourmandize, freshness, a nice tannic frame, a fine concentration as well as a fine solar side. On the palate, this wine expresses notes of fairly ripe raspberry, wild strawberry, and, to a lesser extent, crushed cherry, combined with hints of pulpy blackcurrant, violet, tonka bean, and blond tobacco, as well as a subtle hint of camphor, racy minerality, iodine, salinity, and vanilla. Good length. Fine firmness on the finish. ~93-94 VertdeVin 

Dark inky core. Attractive nose of roasted oak, dark berries, cassis, plum and tobacco notes. The palate has good density and concentration, elegant dark fruit, grainy tannin, notes of blackberry and cassis, juicy freshness, and a long lingering finish, well built with very fine potential. ~93 Andreas Larsson

As is often the case with Phélan Ségur, there is an excess of wood in this wine. Sometimes it works, as here, because the big, bold fruits are powerful enough to match the toastiness. That suggests a future as a ripe, black-fruited, and structured wine with room for juicy acidity. ~92 Wine Enthusiast

Lots of violets, sandalwood, currant, and tar character. Subtle and pretty. Full body, fine tannins and a balanced and fresh finish. Pretty wine. Hard not to drink now. Better in 2018. ~91 James Suckling

Deep dark ruby ​​garnet. Restrained nose, very closed. On the palate, however, a very successful wine with sweetness, red fruit, fine velvety tannins, earthy and mineral components. Shows fullness, length, and reverberation. ~91 Falstaff

Offers a dark, dense feel, with layers of fig, blackberry, leather, chestnut, tobacco and loam all carrying through the broad, smoky finish. Features solid fruit, with an ample tug of earth. A solid effort for the vintage. Best from 2017 through 2022. 15,000 cases made. ~90 Wine Spectator

~90 Tim Atkin, Master of Wine

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