1990 Phélan Ségur, St-Estèphe

SKU #951544 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted the UGC journalists’ dinner; the Phelan Segur has a mature, almost meaty bouquet with mulberry and scorched leather aromas. One can discern the heat of the season with hints of fig and raisin that remains in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with loose-knit, rather furry tannin and a fleshy, soft mouthfeel. It does not have great breeding, but it has a charming savoury finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. I would not leave this much longer, but it is drinking perfectly now. (NM)  (7/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated medium color, with a hint of brick. Expressive, somewhat roasted aromas of smoke, tobacco, clove and leather. A wave of ripe, velvety fruit currently offers limited delineation of flavor, but there's a spine beneath that flesh. Fruit currently overshadows substantial ripe, dusty tannins. (ST)  (11/1993)

Wine Spectator

 Slightly rustic wine, but well-concentrated. Dark ruby color. Plenty of berry, cherry and tar aromas that follow through to a full-bodied palate with firm tannins and a ripe fruit finish.  (8/2000)

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Saint Estephe

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