2012 Phelan-Segur Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

DC 92 WE 92 JS 91 W&S 90 WS 90
DC 92

Decanter, April 2020

Unusually in terms of my recent experience, this is tasting far more plump and inviting than the 2011 right now - with well defined and purely-delivered cassis and bilberry flavours, some creamy texture and enjoyably...
WE 92

Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

As is often the case with Phélan Ségur, there is an excess of wood in this wine. Sometimes it works, as here, because the big, bold fruits are powerful enough to match the toastiness. That suggests a future as a ripe...
JS 91

jamessuckling.com, February 2015

Lots of violet, sandalwood, currant and tar character. Subtle and pretty. Full body, fine tannins and a balanced and fresh finish. Pretty wine. Hard not to drink now. Better in 2018.
W&S 90

Wine & Spirits, October 2015

The Gardinier family, who farm citrus groves in Florida, purchased this cru Bourgeois in 1985 and have patiently brought its wines to grand cru classé stature. This 2012 is still youthful and unformed, but it has a...
WS 90

Wine Spectator, March 2015

Offers a dark, dense feel, with layers of fig, blackberry, leather, chestnut, tobacco and loam all carrying through the broad, smoky finish. Features solid fruit, with an ample tug of earth. A solid effort for the...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%

The 2012 Phelan-Segur Bordeaux Blend, produced by Phelan-Segur in the St Estephe sub-region of Bordeaux, France, is a red wine with an alcohol content of 13.0%. This vintage has garnered favorable reviews from several wine critics.

According to Decanter, which awarded the wine a score of 92, the 2012 vintage is "tasting far more plump and inviting than the 2011 right now." The review highlights its "well defined and purely-delivered cassis and bilberry flavours," along with "some creamy texture and enjoyably confident tannins." The wine finishes with "crushed mint notes and plenty of St Estèphe power." Notably, the harvest for this wine took place from October 8 to 19, and it has a pH of 3.72.

James Suckling from jamessuckling.com also gave the wine a high score of 91, praising its "lots of violet, sandalwood, currant and tar character." He describes the wine as "subtle and pretty," with a "full body, fine tannins and a balanced and fresh finish." He suggests that while it is tempting to drink now, it would be better enjoyed from 2018 onwards.

Wine & Spirits gave the wine a score of 90, noting the Gardinier family's efforts in elevating this cru Bourgeois to grand cru classé stature since their purchase in 1985. The review describes the 2012 vintage as "still youthful and unformed," with "scents of cassis and tobacco" and a "heady finish" that leaves a "lush, juicy impression." The reviewer recommends checking on the wine five or six years from the vintage for peak drinking.

Wine Enthusiast, also scoring the wine at 92, points out an "excess of wood" but notes that it works due to the "big, bold fruits" that match the toastiness. Roger Voss predicts a future for this wine as a "ripe, black-fruited and structured wine with room for juicy acidity," recommending it be enjoyed from 2019.

Finally, Wine Spectator awarded the wine a score of 90, describing it as having a "dark, dense feel" with "layers of fig, blackberry, leather, chestnut, tobacco and loam." The review highlights its "broad, smoky finish" and "solid fruit, with an ample tug of earth," suggesting it is best enjoyed from 2017 through 2022. The wine had a production of 15,000 cases.

Overall, the 2012 Phelan-Segur is well-received, with reviewers highlighting its rich fruit flavors, structured tannins, and potential for aging.