Chateau Phelan Segur Saint Estephe 2019 96pts
96 Points James Suckling
This is a very classically structured Bordeaux with blackcurrant, walnut, cedar and hints of toasted oak. It’s reserved now, but shows very serious, polished tannins. Persistent and powerful with fantastic length. Very precise.
95 Points Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Château Phelan Segur from Véronique Dausse is another brilliant Saint-Estèphe in the vintage, and this estate plays in the top handful of Saint-Estèphes out there. Offering lots of darker currants, spiced plums, Iron, tobacco, and damp earth on the nose, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a concentrated, tannic, yet balanced mouthfeel, and a great finish. It needs to be forgotten for a good 5-7 years and will be a brilliant wine over the following two decades. Best After 2027
95 Points Wine Enthusiast
Now cured of its tendency to use too much wood, this estate is producing some finely structured wines. This vintage continues in that tradition, a wine that is packed with serious, concentrated fruits that are highlighted by bright acidity. There is great potential for aging here.
94 Points Decanter
Another impressive vintage at this estate, one that is regularly turning out wines to sit up and take notice of. A touch more austerity than was seen at this stage in the 2018, but the same level of intensity and concentration and just sheer confidence without trying too hard. Undertow of crushed granite and liquorice root, with real precision in the cassis fruits, and a wall of tannins that manage to be both present and unobtrusive. Great winemaking going on here.
94 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Is this the most over-performing estate in the Médoc? Director Véronique Dausse would surely riposte that it's simply performing at the level to which its well-situated vineyards and detail-oriented team entitle it; but in any case, the 2019 Phélan Ségur is a brilliant wine. Offering up aromas of cassis, sweet wild berries, rose petals, violets, licorice and spices, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with tangy acids, powdery tannins and a long, penetrating finish. This is another 2019 that en primeur purchasers can feel very pleased with. Best After 2027.
94 Points Wine Spectator
Solid, featuring a good punch of dark blackberry and black currant preserve flavors, with bay leaf, charcoal and warm paving stone notes that keep it very grounded through the finish. Shows ample structure for the cellar, too. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2024.
17 Jancis Robinson
The summer of 2019 is marked by strong heat punctuated by storms and heat waves. Thanks to our terroir of clay-gravel in Saint-Estèphe, there was no major water stress. At the dawn of the harvest, we observe perfect sanitary conditions of our grapes.
The 2019 vintage expresses a nose of great complexity with aromas of ripe red fruits and some toasted and liquorice notes. On the palate, the remarkable thickness of the attack is perfectly matched by the fleshy and crisp fruit of the mid-palate. The harmonious blend remains taut thanks to a beautiful freshness at the end of the tasting and a great aromatic power. This is a generous vintage with exceptional tannic power supported by a volume of rare density.
Blend: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc.
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Nice wine, good aroma.