Chateau Phelan Segur 2014

Chateau Phelan Segur 2014

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Chateau Phelan Segur was the result of combining 2 estates; Clos de Garramey and the Ségur de Cabanac estate. Bernard O'Phelan purchased both estates and combined them into one large estate naming it Château Ségur de Garramey. IN the early 20th century, the name was changed to its current name, Chateau Phelan Segur. The property was eventually sold to the Delon family who owns Chateau Leoville Las Cases. They held the property for about 40 years until they sold to the Gardinier family who owned Pommery Champagne. The Gardinier family was very serious about raising the quality of the wines, they had all the 1983 vintage recalled and did not release 1984 and 1985. The property was once again sold in 2007 for 90 Million euros. A record for a Cru Bourgeois Chateau. 
The chateau is located between 2 of the most recognized wines in St. Estephe; Chateau Montrose and Chateau Calon Segur.
Chateau Phelan Segur is planted to 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot. The vineyard can be divided into 4 large blocks, and those can be further subdivided into close to 70 different parcels. On average the vines are close to 35 years of age. However, they have old vines, some of which are at least 70 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a density of 8,500 vines per hectare.

Wine Spectator: 91
Pure and expressive, featuring a lovely beam of cassis gilded with light lilac, wet pebble and tobacco notes that should emerge more with cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2028.
Wine Advocate: 91
The 2014 Phelan-Segur has quite a punchy nose with blackberry, iris and iodine scents that shoot from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasant chewiness on the entry. This segues into a well balanced middle with well-judged acidity, crisp black fruit infused with graphite and a touch of sea salt towards the finish. It might not quite have the finesse of the top Saint Estphe's, but there is clearly decent length and energy here. Tasted twice with consistent notes.
Decanter: 90
Fine florality and, as always, slightly gamey fruit with character and class, Very good ripe mid plate and rounded tannins. Will open early for a good future.
Wine Enthusiast: 94
The initial wood flavors in this wine rapidly give way to rich fruit. Spice and black-plum flavors are built by a firmly tannic superstructure. The aftertaste brings out the acidity. This wine should develop well over the long term. Drink from 2023.
James Suckling: 92
The spice and floral characters are fresh and perfumed. Walnuts. Medium body, with firm and silky tannins and a linear and crisp finish. Orange peel undertone to the currants. Tight and racy. Needs two to three years to open up. Try in 2020.