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.
James Suckling (May 2001)Score: 95-96/100
Sweet leather and violet aromas. The wine is subtle to begin with but builds beautifully on the palate. Dense, sinewy long tannins - ripe, fully resolved awash with a lovely freshness from both the tannins and acidity. Dense, opulent but with lovely restraint too. A lovely energy to the wine. Good sustain on the finish. Purity and clarity is retained on the palate. Great wine.
FINE+RARE Tasting Note (June 2001)
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.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (January 44000)Score: 93-95/100
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.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (January 44000)Score: 92-94/100
The nose grabs you with its cedar chest, forest floor, earth, herb, tobacco, spice, cigar box, and smoke aromas coupled with a load of just-picked blackberries. Round and smooth, with finesse, a big juicy blast of fruit and roasted coffee beans, this could be the best vintage of Phelan Segur yet.
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider (January 43990)Score: 93-95/100
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)
Jancis Robinson MW (January 43987)Score: 17/20Drink 2027-2040
Another impressive vintage at this estate, one that is regularly turning out wines to sit up and take notice of. A touch more austerity than was seen at this stage in the 2018, but the same level of intensity and concentration and just sheer confidence without trying too hard. Undertow of crushed granite and liquorice root, with real precision in the cassis fruits, and a wall of tannins that manage to be both present and unobtrusive. Great winemaking going on here. 56% new oak, 3.8pH, 1PT81. Could go higher when retasting in bottle. Tasted twice two weeks apart.
Decanter (January 43981)Score: 94/100Drink 2026-2042