2018 Chateau Phelan Segur Saint-Estephe

  • 96 Point Vintage with "Terrific Drive & Definition"
  • "It’s Every Bit as Good as the 2016, if Not Better" ~95 Jeb Dunnuck
  • "The 2018 Is Just Exquisite" ~Vinous Media
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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. 

2018 was an amazing year in Bordeaux's Left Bank, Vinous Media, Robert Parker, and Wine Spectator blessed this vintage with a 96-point review. Wine Spectator said the wines show "terrific drive and definition"

Aging: 18 months in French oak barrels

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


The flagship 2018 Château Phélan Ségur is a beauty based on 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot. This was a great vintage for the Médoc, and the 2018 reveals a dense purple hue to go with powerful notes of blackcurrants, iron, smoked tobacco, chocolate, and earth. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it has beautiful tannins, remarkable purity of fruit, and just does everything right. It has some up-front appeal today (no doubt due to the high Merlot content), yet it builds with time in the glass and shows more and more structure with air. It deserves 5-6 years of bottle age and will keep for 20-25. It's every bit as good as the 2016, if not better. ~95 Jeb Dunnuck

Aromas of blackcurrants, spice and flowers follow through to a medium body with fine tannins and a delicious, savory finish. So lovely to drink now, but will improve nicely with age. Very refined and balanced. Try after 2022. ~95 James Suckling

Brilliant, succulent and luscious fruit. Blackberry, damson, chocolate and sage with a brilliant hold and muscular tannins. A yield of 48hl/ha.~ 94 Decanter

 The 2018 Phélan Ségur is just as convincing from bottle as it was en primeur. Deep and beautifully layered, with exceptional finesse and tons of personality, the 2018 delivers the goods big time. Dark blue/black fruit, gravel, spice, menthol, licorice and dried herbs all build as the 2018 shows off its allure. There is plenty of vintage 2018 richness, but a good deal of supporting structure as well. The 2018 is just exquisite. ~94 Vinous Media

 The 2018 Phélan Ségur is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot, weighing in at 14% alcohol, 3.8 pH and has an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of crushed blackberries, blackcurrant jelly and kirsch, plus suggestions of menthol, Ceylon tea, forest floor and lavender. The medium-bodied palate delivers elegance and impressive vivacity with finely grained tannins and a refreshing line supporting the intense red and black berry layers, finishing long and perfumed. ~93+ Wine Advocate

Now on a roll, this estate is producing some fine wines. This latest release shows plenty of wood at this stage, but the bold black fruits are more than a match, giving the wine sumptuous richness. The wine needs time, so wait until 2026. ~93 Wine Enthusiast

This is really well-built, with a core of dark currant and blackberry paste flavors supported by racy charcoal and bay notes while flashes of savory and singed sandalwood dot the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. ~93 Wine Spectator 

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