Solid wine. Bright blueberry and floral aromas follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins and a long finish. Best since 1989. Try after 2017. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
James SucklingScore: 93/100
Deep aromas of crushed blackberries and fresh herbs. Full-bodied, with round and soft tannins and a polished texture on the finish. Rich and structured. Could be best ever from here.
Wine SpectatorScore: 90-93/100
Tasted at the château, UGC and negociant. Sweet black plum and briary on the nose with moderate definition, not quite the brilliance of other Saint Estephe 2009s, but it coalesces nicely in the glass. Very pure, some chalk dust notes developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied, very taut, citric acidity, a little chalky towards the finish. Moderate depth. I like the focus here, the energy, though I think this is a wine that will show much better 4-5 months down the line. Cabernet dominated finish with just a touch of white pepper right on the finish. Certainly much better than the 2008 tasted alongside. Tasted March 2010.
Neal MartinScore: 90-92/100
Perfumed. Well integrated. Very rich and ripe. Sweet and polished. A little bit too sweet, arguably. Not the finest. But certainly chock full of pleasure. Tannins a little rustic. Long. A bit toasted.Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 16.5/20
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. Dec 2011, www.robertparker.com
Robert ParkerScore: 90/100