Château-Phélan-Ségur Saint Estèphe 2016
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe|
Colour of deep red with purple reflections. Nose of great complexity, combining aromas of blackberry, cherry and fleshy strawberry. On aeration, the nose reveals toasted and liquorice notes. The palate shows a smooth attack with a remarkable consistency and freshness, leading to a powerful finish of exceptional length. The wine is built on a dense tannic structure and shows a perfect harmony throughout the tasting.
There is a much better balance between fruit and the wood aging in this vintage from this estate than in the past. This wine offers richness and structure from fruit tannin. Dark fruits give the wine rich intensity. Drink from 2025.
This is a touch old-school, with bay and tobacco notes out front followed by alder, warm earth and steeped black currant flavors. The grippy finish lets the fruit and earth notes wrestle a bit, leaving a chewy feel. Will settle with cellaring, but this is not for fans of finesse. Best from 2022 through 2035.