The 2019 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc - for the first time in 2019 since their planting in 2013 - which will be aged in 55% new French oak. A harvest from 24th September to 10th October resulted in an abv of 14.5%. Bright ruby in colour with a fresh nose of blackcurrant, blackcurrant leaf and cedar. The palate is crunchy and compact, with classic cedar, menthol and fresh dark fruits. There is a peppery and slightly leafy, spicy finish that showcases freshness.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Phélan Ségur has a very composed bouquet with detailed blackberry and briary scents, a touch of melted tar and cracked black pepper coming through with aeration. The palate is very cohesive with fine tannins, gentle grip, quite saline in the mouth with impressive density and harmony towards the finish. Quintessentially Saint-Estèphe, this is a superb Phélan Ségur that should not be under-estimated. Tasted twice. 2025 - 2050
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Phélan Ségur prances out of the glass with bold notions of blackcurrant pastilles, baked plums and boysenberries, plus hints of chargrilled meats, lavender, tilled soil and cracked black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is like a tightly coiled spring, featuring loads of condensed black fruit and fragrant layers, framed by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with bags of energy.
|Score: 92/94||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020|
The complexity and depth is fantastic in this beautifully crafted, refined red. Such poise, finesse and length. Goes on and on. We will see if this is better than the outstanding 2018.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
The 2019 Phélan Ségur is marvelous. In fact, it is one of the best vintages I can remember tasting. Graphite, crushed rocks, menthol, licorice, crème de cassis and lavender are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. Wonderfully nuanced and layered, the 2019 Phélan Ségur is a wine of unreal depth and vivid intensity. In a word: impressive.
|Score: 93/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
Fragrant nose with a floral, dark-fruit edge. Ripe and smooth but lifted, the tannins compact and very refined. Layers of fruit then a long, firm, persistent finish. In short, an elegant interpretation of St-Estèphe. (JL)
Drink 2027 – 2040
|Score: 17||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|