Château-Phélan-Ségur Saint Estèphe 2015
|France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe
This spicy wine shows how far the estate has moved from its over-use of new wood. In this bottling, the wood is subtle and doesn't mask the rich fruit and the juicy acidity. It still has the structure of a Saint-Estèphe while keeping everything in good balance. Drink from 2024.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Phélan Ségur has a nose of red and black currants with earthy notes of fungi, dried herbs, damp soil and tapenade. The palate is medium-bodied with a good fruit core, firm and chewy tannins and nice freshness.
Light olive and lilac hints lead off, backed by a solid core of red currant and damson plum fruit. Ample tobacco and singed cedar notes show through the finish. Features a touch of austerity but also a bit more stuffing than most of the class in the AOC this vintage. Best from 2020 through 2030. 15,000 cases made.