The Grand Vin of Château Phélan Ségur comes from this magnificent terroir of Saint-Estèphe where power dominates. Strengthened by its origins, Château Phélan Ségur has created its identity based on elegance and finesse. With a certain restraint and great precision, it reveals the purity of the fruit, the accuracy of its structure, the silkiness of its tannins, all with a natural freshness. After long ageing, it reveals a bouquet of a rare complexity, the oak harmoniously integrated. This subtle and authentic balance creates an intense emotion. Château Phélan Ségur is known for its potential to age over several decades.
An old vintage opens new aromatic horizons with an unexpected richness: the warmth of spices, the generosity of ripe fruits and the nobility of leather. Its texture is refined, its power is calmed. This fullness is a testimony to the passage of time and this blossoming is the reward of astute patience. Exceptional vintages born of the generosity of Nature transcended by the talent of man. Beyond these undisputed landmarks, there are vintages dear to the team at the Château. They are witnesses to the life of the property and the expression of great emotions.
A HISTORY OF FAMILIES
Irish origins, four families and more than two centuries of passion, respect for the terroir and innovation in the service of a great name.
After more than thirty years in charge of the property, the Gardinier family has decided to pass on the reins to Philippe Van de Vyvere. For this great wine enthusiast, taking over this prestigious growth is the fulfillment of one of his most cherished dreams.
PASSION FOR WINE
It was not by chance that Bernard O’Phelan (1770-1841), a young Irish wine merchant, left his native town of Tipperary at the end of the 18th century to set himself up in Bordeaux. The town at this time was an important trading hub with the British Isles. Close relations were built up between the families that bought and sold the wines of the region from one another. These links were such that they led to alliances and even marriages, in particular that of Bernard Phélan with one of the daughters of Daniel Guestier, a well-known merchant in the Bordeaux wine market. Helped by the experience of his father-in-law, he could now envisage producing his own wines.
In 1805, he acquired Clos de Garramey, situated in Saint-Estèphe, then in 1810 Ségur de Cabanac estate.
At the centre of a park whose meadows stretch languorously down to the small port of Saint-Estèphe, the Palladian-style Château dominates the summit of a hillock that faces the estuary. The model of committed owners, the Phélan family didn’t hesitate to break with the architectural practices of the time, to build a château centred on wine. Rather than designing it as a prestigious mansion, isolated from the production activity, they preferred to incorporate the vat room and cellar at the heart of the château, in an undeniably superb ensemble. They were among the first to design their vat room in the “Médoc style”.
FRANK PHELAN, A MÉDOC PERSONALITY
On the death of Bernard in 1841, this vast estate, whose combined name was Château Ségur de Garramey, was passed on to his son Frank (1820-1883). The latter, a médocain at heart even though a true Irishman, was to consecrate his life to improving still further the fame and quality of the property’s wines. Moreover, he became mayor of Saint-Estèphe and remained in that post for thirty years. He advanced within the Irish community in Bordeaux, which included among others the Johnston, Barton, Clarke and Lynch families.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Château Ségur de Garramey took on its modern name of Château Phélan Ségur. A name synonymous with classic and noble values that subtly combines a sense of innovation and heritage.
LA CROIX BONIS
Intimately linked to Château Phélan Ségur, La Croix Bonis comes from selected parcels at the property. Made principally from Merlot, the wines are aged for 12 months. A fine expression of the Saint-Estèphe appellation, La Croix Bonis is a fleshy, supple wine, very fruity with well-integrated tannins. It can be enjoyed after 3 to 8 years.
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