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Date Printed: 5/23/2015
Chateau Phelan Segur  2003
Chateau Phelan Segur 2003
(search item no. 93606)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 5/23/2015: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Subtle yet rich aromas of currant, spice and smoke follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a long, flavorful aftertaste. Very thick, almost syrupy. Impressive. Best after 2010."
-Wine Spectator

"The excellent 2003 has a deep ruby/plum color and asweet nose of creme de cassis, licorice, dried herbs, and earth. It is fresh, rich, savory, with velvety-textured tannins and a supple mouthfeel. It should drink well for up to a decade. This is a sleeper of the vintage."
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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About Chateau Phelan Segur:

In 1805, Daniel Phelan, an Irish wine broker, acquired le Clos de Garamey, located in Saint-Estephe. This acquisition was followed in 1810 by the acquisition of the Segur de Cabanac estate. He thus created a magnificent wine-producing domain that remains practically unchanged today.

When he died in 1841, Bernard Phelan left this vast estate, known from then on under the combined name of Chateau Segur de Garamey, to his son Frank. Frank devoted his life to promoting the renown and improving the quality of the wines produced on his property. In addition, he became the mayor of Saint-Estephe, holding the post for thirty years.

Since 1985, Xavier Gardinier has been running the vineyard with the help of his sons Thierry, Stephane and Laurent. The buildings have been totally renovated to express the spirit of their founders and house winemaking equipment enables the terroir to express itself in all its complexity. However, despite the undeniable attraction of the buildings' design and the high-tech nature of the equipment therein, they are only the necessary backdrop to the remarkable alchemy that produces each year's vintage.