2005 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe

SKU #1041273 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A spicy, smoky, wood-dominated wine, which loses its fruit in all these exotic flavors. There is a dark core that will round out and spread the fruit through what should be an impressive wine.  (6/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark with some evolution. Quite a developed nose and lots of richness. This could be Lafon-Rochet -- flattering but not the densest. Good balance.  (7/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the stronger efforts in St.-Estèphe in 2005, this Phélan-Sègur exhibits good depth of fruit, including mulberry, black and red currants, earth and spice. It is medium-bodied, with sweet tannin and excellent concentration. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. (RP)  (6/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, full ruby. Violet, blackberry and licorice on the nose. Bright, juicy and focused, with very good density and purity of black fruit flavors. Finishes with fairly full, slightly drying tannins but has the strength of material to support its solid structure. Should develop slowly. A good showing today. (ST)  (6/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Dark in color, with aromas of raspberry, currant and a hint of fresh herbs. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Comes up a little short, but this is stylish. Best after 2012.  (3/2008)

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Saint Estephe

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