2010 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
This sneaks up on you, with blackberry and spices such as nutmeg and cloves. Full spices, with currants and berries. Builds on the palate like a wave. Best ever.
The best wine from Phélan Ségur for several years, this shows less of the often-intrusive new wood and more of the fruit that had been missing in past vintages. It shows a subtle level of toast and a black currant flavor, plus great acidity and freshness on the finish.
Allies solid density to subtle refinement, with steeped plum, currant, singed iron and charcoal notes. Lightly firm through the finish, showing a lovely tobacco edge, this should age gracefully. Best from 2014 through 2025.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A dense purple color along with rich minerality and sweet notes of boysenberries and raspberries are found in this 2010. The irrepressible Michel Rolland (the winemaking consultant at Phelan-Segur) has fashioned an impressively pure, deep, classic St.-Estephe with a supple personality as well as robust tannins. Cellar it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following 12-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
59% merlot and 41% cabernet sauvignon; 50% new oak Ruby-purple. Intense aromas of black plum, chocolate-covered blackberry and violet. Rich and dense, with lovely intensity to the black fruit, graphite and tar flavors. Bright acidity gives this lively midweight an almost Burgundian palate feel. Finishes long and seamless, with an attractive lingering floral note and polished tannins. Tasted three different times, with one sample very green and unripe. My score is based on the other two samples.
Elegantly cedary freshness on the nose and a slight sweetness of fruit and oak. Smooth but quite dense tannins. Great depth of fruit and length but great freshness from the tannins. Pretty dense. 17.5/20 points.