Château Phelan Segur St. Estephe 2009
Château Phelan Segur
Black cherry color. The first nose reveals a concentrated, complex and intense black fruit. After aeration it offers floral scents of fresh violet and patchouli, and slightly toasted and smoked hints. The full and mellow mouth highlights a generous, fruity and brilliant substance. The structure is a perfect balance between intensity and finesse. A powerful vintage with a rare elegance.
This is fleshy and polished, with layers of crushed plum, fig sauce and blackberry paste that unfurl slowly, backed by maduro tobacco, charcoal and iron. There's lots of minerality on the finish, but it's nicely enveloped in the fruit. Best from 2013 through 2022. 22,000 cases made.Score: 92. —James Molesworth, March 31, 2012.
The best Phelan-Segur since the 1990, this is a rather dense, full-bodied, massive wine for a cru bourgeois. Sweet blackberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with crushed rock and a hint of subtle oak jump from the glass of this full-bodied, intense, yet attractive and alluring wine. There is significant depth and substance to this Phelan-Segur, which is a sleeper of the vintage that should last up to 15 or more years.Score: 90. —Robert Parker, February 2012.
Barrel sample. Caramel aromas, a wine that seems over-extracted, tough. The fruit has a juicy element, but misses out on elegance.Score: 89-91. —Roger Voss, August 09, 2010.
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Deep ruby-red. Pretty redcurrant and strawberry aromas are complicated by a touch of dried herbs. Enters silky-smooth, with a delicate peppery quality nicely lifting the ripe red berry and cherry flavors. Finishes moderately long and clean, with a faint tart edge. I found myself wishing for a little more complexity, but this charming midweight is easygoing and supple. Offers considerable upfront charm and in-your-face sweetness, but will probably be best for drinking in the near to mid-term.Score: 87-90. —Stephen Tanzer, June 2010.
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