2013 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1161065 89-92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Phélan Ségur is rich and explosive for the year. Violets, tobacco, smoke, game and graphite all take shape in an exceptionally polished, delineated wine with terrific balance and class among its peers. There is a lot to like here. Tasted twice. (AG)  (4/2014)

90-91 points James Suckling

 This is extremely impressive for the vintage, with dark berry, licorice, aniseed and subtle clove character. Full to medium body, pretty backbone and core of fruit for 2013. Phélan did incredibly well here.  (4/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 0 This wine brings out the tannic side of Saint-Estèphe. However, the 2013 is less wood-laden than some previous vintages from this estate, allowing more room for the fresh fruits and ripe tannins. The wine therefore has good potential, drink from 2020. (RV)  (3/2016)

87-90 points Wine Spectator

 Firm along the edges, with bitter plum and black cherry notes followed by dusty tannins on the lilac-tinged finish. (JL, Web-2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A pleasant, medium ruby-colored 2013 St. Estephe, this cuvee offers up notes of black cherries, spice box and minerals. (RP)  (8/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby-red. Very minty blueberry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by cedar and leather. Seems to lack a little fruit on entry, then turns distinctly lusher in the middle, displaying a restrained sweetness to the flavors of minty blackcurrant, graphite and cedar. Finishes with mouthcoating but not drying tannins. (ID)  (6/2014)

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2014 | Send Email
Red cherry cola in nose, good upfront, bit soft and short on finish, flavors and tannins need time to come together but a solid wine for the vintage. 87-89 points.

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Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.