CHATEAU PHELAN SEGUR ST ESTEPHE CRU BOURGEOIS EXCEPTIONNEL 2016
James Suckling: 95 points A super fragrant red with blackberry and blueberry aromas plus
hints of blackcurrants. Full-bodied, powerful and structured. Tannic. Very long finish. A muscular
and intense wine.
Wine Spectator: 94 points This has a pronounced savory streak amid the mix of plum and
cassis notes, giving way to a tobacco edge on the slightly muscular finish. Shows plenty of
breadth and depth, and should round into form.
Wine Enthusiast: 94 points This wine has a bitter edge. Underneath, though, there is a solid
core of black fruit flavor, which should burst out as the wine matures. It will be a solid,
foursquare wine, rich and structured.
The Irishman Bernard Phelan quired the Domaine Le Clos de Garamey in 1805 and Ségur de
Cabarnac in 1810. In Ireland, he was a neighbour and friend of Hugh Barton who established
Chateau Leoville Barton. By his death in 1841 the estate combined to form Château Ségur de
Garamey, which passed on to his son Frank Phelan, 30 years a mayor of Saint-Estèphe. The
property was sold in July 1919 to Joseph Chayoux, President of Champagne Chamber of
Commerce, whom further developed the brand until before the first world war when the property
was sold for large fortune on 1928 to a city consortium headed by his nephew Rene Chayoux,
before the financial crisis of 1930, upon the death of René the operation was managed by a
trust that eventually sold the brand and its facilities.
Since 1985, the operation is owned by the Gardinier Group of Xavier Gardinier with sons
Thierry, Stéphane and Laurent. Michele Roland is employed as a consulting enologist.
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