The Castle Phélan Ségur is located at Saint-Estèphe. Union of two properties, " Closed of Garramey " and Château Ségur, it was created at the beginning of XIXe century by Frank Phélan, Irish of origin. From the start, this one gave to its residence an exceptional architectural characteristic: the integration of the residence, the wine storehouses and the vat in a homogeneous building. The vineyard, of 64 hectares, 30 years an average age, is located on exposed argillaceous low register croups vis-à-vis at the Gironde. Its compartmental management ensures of the controlled outputs. Thus, the wine making which combines tradition and modernity emphasizes qualities of power, concentration and balance of the wine, specific to the soil of the Castle Phélan Ségur. After the transfer of the champagnes Pommery and Lanson, Xavier Gardinier became about it owner in 1985 with his three sons.
One of these sons, Thierry and his wife Pascal, have become good friends, who we visit when we go to Bordaeux.
Chateau Phelan Segur
This wine is matured for 18 months in oak barrels, 40% of them new. The
color is a rich, dark, ruby red. Bouquet is distinguished and aromatic, rich and
complex, with a ripe summer fruit taste frequently dominating, with just with a
. trace of vanilla. Solid, substantial, and concentrated in the mouth, the wine
contains a spicy hint of tannin. The marked tannin content usually present
blends smoothly into the wine, ensuring it lasting life. A great wine that
improves with age.
Making the wine
After being sorted and inspected, the stalked grapes are placed in a state of the art fermentation vat and transformed into wine. Some specifications concerning this process:
34 stainless steel vats with average capacity of 200
hl, thermostatically controlled, allowed to store the three separate root stocks
by origin and age. Following a final tasting, the wine goes into the harmonious
blends called Chateau Phelan and Frank Phelan.
This wine is named after the first owner of the Chateau Phelan Segur.
Frank Phelan was a dedicated vintner who came from Ireland during the last
century and built up the Domaine. He loved Saint‑Estephe and the wines
grown there, and served for 30 years as Mayor of the City. When Xavier Gardinier
achieved vintage status for the wine in 1986, he decided to name if after the
first owner of the Chateau. Frank Phelan is grown at the same Chateau as Phelan
Segur, and matured for 12 months in the same oak barrels previously used for
Chateau Phelan Segur. Although not as sturdy as its elder sibling, Frank Phelan
wine has the same basic characteristics. The wine is a distinguished one, with a
delicate, discreet, and elegant bouquet. Its full charm comes out immediately
when opened any time after three years.