2013 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
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.
Barrel Sample. This is a wine that is firm and tannic, while showing a base of ripe black plum fruits. It has good power and richness with a bright burst of acidity on the finish.
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.
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.