On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, on the occasion of the Primeur of Bordeaux, I was a guest of Château Phélan Ségur for an extraordinary private vertical tasting reserved for us at the Millesima Blog Awards. I have not told you about this wonderful experience yet, so I’m glad to plaster my notebook with tastings to overwhelm my wine-making thoughts.
Since the year I was born in 1985, the brothers Gardinier have ensured the prestige of the wonderful Château Phélan Ségur and its oenological heritage. The three brothers Thierry, Stéphane and Laurent Gardinier perpetuate the values and chivalrous spirit of his Irish creators, heart-lovers and great ideals. Véronique Dausse, director of Château Phélan Ségur, accompanied us with the expertise and charm.
«Everyone tries hard in the course of their life to find a wide variety of means to express themselves. The acquisition of Phélan Ségur appeared to me to be this means, allowing me to respect the past and the creation of my predecessors and at the same time to put, with modesty, my stamp on this magnificent ‘living object’ whose longevity exceeds, luckily and by nature, the life of a man. »
Xavier Gardinier – March 1985.
After visiting the cellar, the thing I liked most about was the “initial game” that made us taste several batches of Château Phélan Ségur 2015 to let us know the different impact of the barrels on the final result.
Château Phélan Ségur 2016
Cabernet Sauvignon 55 % | Merlot 45 %
It has a beautiful ruby red impenetrable with purple reflections. As it rolls in the glass, it forms regular bowels from which the wine drops slowly, leaving it to imagine an important structure. The nose is quite intense, quite complex and definitely very fine. Cherry scents are very distinct in spirit, leather, cocoa and dried rose. In the mouth comes firm, intense, with a tannin still a little green, rightly sapid, fresh and warm. Totally balanced, with a long enough finish.
Château Phélan Ségur 2015
Cabernet Sauvignon 53 % | Merlot 47 %
It has a beautiful ruby red impenetrable with purple reflections. Spinning the glass is immediate its beautiful consistency. Very pleasant nose: leather and cherry blend in a nice balsamic note. In the mouth comes firm, with a beautiful structure, warm, soft enough and provided with great freshness that let us presume a happy evolution over the years. Nice tannins and great elegance for a very long finish. Great vintage.
Château Phélan Ségur 2013
Cabernet Sauvignon 60 % | Merlot 40 %
It has a beautiful intense ruby red, with a slight transparency that lets me glimpse the letters of my notes beyond the glass, where it forms regular bowels from which wine drops very slowly. It has a wonderful nose, it is absolutely what strikes me most: truffle, cherry syrup, grilled pepper, caramel hazel dancing together with a cleanliness out of the ordinary. In the mouth is very soft, the taste is vanilla. Truly tannic, with great freshness and a long finish. To buy it absolutely and put it in the cellar, to guard it jealously for the next 4/5 years and then drink it on a special occasion.
Château Phélan Ségur 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon 50 % | Merlot 50 %
It has a beautiful ruby red impenetrable, rotating in the glass forms uneven regular arcs. My nose is hit by wet leather notes, balsamic vinegar and that chocolates Mon Chéri so defined. In the mouth comes with a beautiful softness, the tannin is lively and the freshness gives me a good chance of aging. The final is very long. Overall one of the 3 best vintages with 2013 and 2010.
Château Phélan Ségur 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon 55 % | Merlot 45 %
It has an almost impenetrable ruby red. Spinning the glass forms fairly close-knit archetypes, which indicate a slightly less robust structure than the previous ones. At the nose the scents are mutated: solvent, cherry in spirit, black pepper predominate over all the others. In the mouth comes very firm and tannic, the great freshness tries to balance the pseudo-caloric still high. The finish is long enough. Overall, it’s what convinced me less.
Château Phélan Ségur 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon 51 % | Merlot 49 %
It has a deep ruby red and impenetrable. Spinning in the glass forms regular arches that do not fall too slowly. The nose is perfect: truffle, cherry syrup, nail polish, new leather, dry hay. In the mouth comes hot and fresh, just tannic, with extraordinary elegance and a very long finish. Absolutely the vintage that I liked most!
Château Phélan Ségur 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon 58 % | Merlot 40 % | Cabernet Franc 2 %
It has an impenetrable ruby red. Spinning in the glass forms not particularly regular, but very close, bowls, where the wine slowly descends denoting a certain alcoholicity. On the nose clean notes of solvent, leather, undergrowth and cherry in spirit. In the mouth comes hot, tannic, with great structure, very intense and sapid. He lost a bit of freshness, and is penalized by a pseudo-calorie too strong. The final is long.
After the tasting we had dinner at Arcins, at the restaurant Le Lion d’Or … but this story I’ll tell you next time 😉
I invite you to visit the beautiful website Château Phélan Ségur to appreciate even more this fabulous tasting. Thanks again to Millésima for the opportunity given to us bloggers and for the cover photo of Frédéric Lot. By the way, did you see the official video of our week in Bordeaux? Every time I think about those wonderful days I’ve been to France with it and I admit that my goose skin comes in. They were beautiful, intense days … and with the best adventure companions I could have. Thank you guys, I look forward to you in Italy Cheers
P.S. As always for the photos thanks Universo Foto for the wonderful Sony RX100 M4 That I love … and that I am slowly learning to use with great personal satisfaction!<3
Here are all other Millésima Blog Awards 2017 articles: Millésima Blog Awards 2017: A fabulous week in wine France