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Château Phélan Ségur 2002 Saint-Estèphe Bordeaux

CHF 40.00

This is a marvellously aged, concentrated yet delicate Saint-Estèphe wine that is ready to drink now.

It has been awarded 2 stars from the Guide Hachette des Vins 2006, which corresponds to an outstanding wine.

Description

Grape Variety: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Vineyard Management & Vinification: 70 hectares of vines in the village of Saint-Estèphe in the Médoc. Their location close to the Gironde estuary, protects them from hard winters and summers that are sometimes very hot. The mix of grape varieties in the vineyards is bit original for the area: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are complemented by a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon, the undeniable king of Médoc, and Merlot are planted on well drained, clayey gravel soil and offer the purest expression of the terroir. High planting densities, use of organic manure, a ban on the use of chemical herbicides and insecticides show thee Château’s respect for the soil and its biodiversity. Harvest is done manually. In the winery, the wine is aged in oak barrels for 14 to 18 months. Blending is carried out at the end of this period while racking is done by candlelight, according to the traditional method, gently and precisely.
Alcohol level: 13% vol
Tasting Note:  A very well structured wine with firm tannins that have mellowed with age. Its colour now is garnet compared to the bright ruby when it was bottled in 2002. Its great ageing potential has helped it to age marvellously. We can still detect the intense blackcurrant and blackberry aromas complemented by coffee, wood and leather. Long finish and great complexity.
Reviews
Wine Enthusiast 89/100 2002 Vintage Tasted: Jan 2005
“A powerful, spicy wine that is dominated by wood and toast. The fruit is black but relatively lightweight, and is suffering at this stage from the strong wood flavours”.
Château Phélan Ségur

The history of Château Phélan Ségur goes back to the start of the 19th century when Bernard O’Phelan, an Irish négociant based in Bordeaux, bought two domaines: le Clos de Gamarey, (purchased in 1805) and the domaine of Ségur de Cabanac (purchased in 1810) which make up the Château Ségur de Garramey.The history of Château Phélan Ségur goes back to the start of the 19th century when Bernard O’Phelan, an Irish négociant based in Bordeaux, bought two domaines: le Clos de Gamarey, (purchased in 1805) and the domaine of Ségur de Cabanac (purchased in 1810) which make up the Château Ségur de Garramey. Together with his wife they build in Saint-Estèphe the château that would become a model for the new definition of architecture and viticulture. On the death of Bernard in 1841, the estate was passed on to his son Frank, a médocain at heart as well as a true Irishman who became mayor of Saint-Estèphe and remained in that post for thirty years.

 

At the beginning of the 20th century, Château Ségur de Garramey took on its modern name of Château Phélan Ségur. A Palladian-style Château dominates the summit of a hillock that faces the estuary.  It was the first of its kind, not just a prestigious mansion isolated from the production activity but one focused on wine, where the vat room and cellar were incorporated in its heart, in an undeniably superb ensemble. In 1985, Xavier Gardinier bought it from the Dedon family where it remained until 2018 when it was passed on to Philippe Van de Vyvere.

 

Château Phélan-Ségur’s vineyards extend over the eastern part of Saint-Estèphe and include 70 hectares of vines planted in well-drained, clay-gravelly soils. The château places particular attention to the élevage of its wines which always show great finesse and elegance, developing beautifully with age. Thanks to the consistency of its wines and their excellent quality level for prices that are still reasonable, Château Phélan-Ségur represents a sure value in the Saint-Estèphe appellation.

 

Château Phélan Ségur belongs to the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux. The Place de Bordeaux lists it in the category of “Grands Crus Classés and Assimilés“. It left the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois with the 2007 vintage.