2007 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe

SKU #1053815 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fresh berry fruits, light tannins and stalky black currants, sustained by tannins. It is juicy, the wood a mist in the bright fruit flavors. There is some aging potential, maybe 4-5 years.  (4/ 2010)

Wine Spectator

 A medium-bodied red, with spice and berry character, slightly chewy tannins and a medium finish. A little lean now, but should soften and fill out with some bottle age. Best after 2011.  (3/ 2010)

K&L Notes

Up front cherry fruit. Superb. At property this wine showed lots of spice. Good weight, though it was a bit harsh at back end. 25% less than normal production this year. 55% cab sauvignon and 45% merlot. At UGC this wine showed quite nicely & plenty of forward fruit.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/24/2014  | Send Email
Definitely a product of a cooler vintage, and more of my liking as well... Garnet color, some classic pepper notes that aren't too intrusive. Touch of cocoa, cassis with say, medium tannins. I did not decant it before drinking it. Very classic and good to drink now. Quite good indeed.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/5/2014  | Send Email
Beautiful wine from an overlooked vintage--which means I want to buy it because it's probably under-priced. The 2007 is leaner than the richer 2006, with more herbal notes rising above the fruit line, but the tannins are still soft and fine and the wine drinks very well in its youth. Wait a bit, or dive right in--the water's fine.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/19/2014  | Send Email
Very elegant cherry fruit from front to back.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

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.