2010 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067181 92-93 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/ 2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (2/ 2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2013)

89-91 points 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.  (5/ 2011)

88-91 points 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.  (6/ 2011)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (4/ 2012)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Classic and focused.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Earthy and elegant, this is classic in style with its blackberry fruit and notes of menthol. Great balance and structure.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
*+ Nice coffee, earth, chocolate and black fruit. Old school.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/5/2011  | Send Email
This was one of the highlights of the trip for me as far as value wines. Ripe currant, spice on the nose and palate with a spicy finish. Bright acidity on the finish with good grip and weight.

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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.