2014 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. There is a strong wood character to this wine, balanced by ripe, full-blown fruitiness. It has a solid structure yet there is still ample freshness. (RV)
This is alluring, with a velvety feel to the crushed plum and black currant fruit, while perfumy hints of espresso and singed sandalwood line the finish. Presents a pleasant loamy tug. (Web-2015) (JM)
Soft and silky with very pretty tannins and juicy fruit. Full body, succulent finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Phélan-Ségur 2014 has quite a high-toned bouquet with iodine-scented black fruit, touches of cassis and blueberry coming through with aeration. The palate is rounded and generous on the entry with fine tannin, though I feel it just lacks a little complexity and terroir expression towards the finish. I am aware than this Saint Estèphe improves a great deal by bottling, hence the plus sign. Tasted on three occasions, two showed a little rigidity towards the finish, but that will soften with élevage and bottle age. (NM)