Chateau Phelan Segur 2015
Chateau Phelan Segur 2015 began when two previous Bordeaux vineyards were brought together, Clos de Garramey and Segur. Those properties also located in the Saint Estephe appellation were combined by Bernard Phelan, who using the traditional custom of the time, combined the existing Segur name with his own and Chateau Phelan Segur was born. By 1860, Bernard Phelan had created the largest vineyard in the entire Saint Estephe appellation. The beautiful, stately chateau was built by Frank Phelan, the son of the Bernard Phelan in the late 1860’s.
Before Bernard Phelan purchased Segur, it was previously owned by Nicolas Alexandre de Segur who was known by the well-earned nickname, “The Prince of Vines”. De Segur owned numerous, famed, Bordeaux chateaux in the Medoc during his life including: Brane Mouton, which later became Chateau Mouton Rothschild, as well as Lafite, which eventually morphed into Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Latour! When you think about it, it’s truly amazing that one family owned 3 First Growth estates at the same time.
Today, the Left Bank property in Sain’t Estephe is managed by another member of the family, Thierry Gardinier. Thierry Gradinier is also responsible for several other Bordeaux vineyards including Chateau Meyney in Saint Estephe and Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse in Pauillac. In August 2017, Chateau Phelan Segur was sold for more than 90 million Euros! A record setting price for a Crus Bourgeois. The vineyard was sold to the wealthy Belgian investor, Philippe Van de Vyvere, who is best known for owning Sea-Invest, one of the world’s largest shipping companies.
The 70 hectare vineyard of Chateau Phelan Segur is planted to 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel, sand and clay based soils. The vines are primarily in three locations. 8 hectares of vines are planted close to the chateau.