Ruby red colour with great depth. The bouquet presents a wonderful blend of red fruit, cinnamon and coffee aromas. This aromatic precision suggests tremendous finesse on the palate. The palate has superb structure, complemented by delicious, voluptuous substance. A perfect marriage between the usual full bodied character of a Frank Phelan and the tannic density specific to 2010.
Frank PhÃ©lan 2012 Saint-EstÃ¨phe
"As with nearly all the wines of the Médoc, the tenderloin of Bordeaux where the majority of classed growth châteaux are situated, prices have begun to move well beyond anyone other than the super-wealthy: even attractive mid-range players such as Irish wine geese Château Phélan-Ségur have drifted into these higher pricings. Happily, then, the second wine of Phélan-Ségur - named Frank Phélan after the son of the founder, Tipperary man Bernard Phélan - is at a dear but sensible €36 at Mitchells. The 2011 is a supple, ripe-fruited, polished affair with smooth tannins, fine acidity and a medium-bodied finish, it is quite savoury despite a dominance of merlot in the blend, but it is showing well now and has another couple of years of evolutionary potential. At this price, it is perhaps one of the last reasonably priced, authentically venerable Bordeaux wines." - Tomás Clancy, The Sunday Business Post, 05 June 2016