The 1990 Phélan-Ségur is really a very pretty example of the vintage and is fully into its apogee of maturity. It is not as complex as the big boys of the vintage, but there is an awful lot of charm and complexity to be found with this wine. The deep and complex nose shows a bit of the roasted character of the vintage, as it offers up scents of cassis, new leather, cigar ash, dark soil tones and coffee bean. On the palate the wine is medium-full, suave and complex, with lovely focus, perfectly passable depth and lovely focus on the long and velvety finish. I would have loved to have had a chance to compare this with the 1989. (Drink between 2012-2025)
Tasted the UGC journalists’ dinner; the Phelan Segur has a mature, almost meaty bouquet with mulberry and scorched leather aromas. One can discern the heat of the season with hints of fig and raisin that remains in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with loose-knit, rather furry tannin and a fleshy, soft mouthfeel. It does not have great breeding, but it has a charming savoury finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. I would not leave this much longer, but it is drinking perfectly now. (NM)
Saturated medium color, with a hint of brick. Expressive, somewhat roasted aromas of smoke, tobacco, clove and leather. A wave of ripe, velvety fruit currently offers limited delineation of flavor, but there's a spine beneath that flesh. Fruit currently overshadows substantial ripe, dusty tannins. (ST)
Slightly rustic wine, but well-concentrated. Dark ruby color. Plenty of berry, cherry and tar aromas that follow through to a full-bodied palate with firm tannins and a ripe fruit finish.
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