Le Rose de Phelan

The vineyards at Phélan-Ségur amount to 64 ha in all, approximately one third of the estate which is 180 ha all told. It should be noted that the vines have illustrious neighbours, namely Chateau Montrose and Chateau Calon-Ségur. The vineyards are located on a gravelly mound, and are planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc at a density of about 8500 vines/ha and an average age approaching 35 years. The winery is high tech, with Gardinier being one of the few proprietors to admit to reverse osmosis, to which both the 1998 and 1999 vintages were subjected. Fermentation is temperature-controlled in stainless steel, all this kit being stored in Phélan-Ségur's capacious chai. The wine sees eighteen months in oak, 50% new, before fining, filtration and bottling. The grand vin is Chateau Phélan-Ségur, production 20000 cases per annum, with 12000 cases of the second wine, Franck Phélan.
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